Antique Royal Typewriters



2015-06-26 11:17:39

Antique Royal Typewriters are original typewriters produced by the American manufacturer The Royal Typewriter Company.

The Royal Typewriter Company was founded in Brooklyn, New York in 1904.Brief history and description

The company was one of the longest-running manufacturers of typewriters, introducing their first typewriter in 1906 after a string of financial difficulties encountered during the first two years following their founding.

The company ceased manufacture of typewriters in the 1970s. The company was subsequently sold, though it continues to sell typewriters.

Guide for collectors

Royal typewriters have become popular amongst collectors, combining a vintage aestheticism with, in many cases, enduring functionality.

They frequently appear at both the mainstream major auction houses and more specialist outlets; they can also be found online, particularly at online auction sites such as eBay.

If choosing to purchase a Royal typewriter online, prospective collectors should exercise caution and be sure to correctly identify a Royal typewriter so as to afford unwanted expense and disappointment. If in doubt, they are advised to seek specialist assistance.

Further information on Royal Typewriters is available at online sources such as the Virtual Typewriter Museum.


The highest price paid at auction for a Royal typewriter is $2,500, for a typewriter previously belonging to Ernest Hemingway. The piece was sold from Four Seasons Auction Gallery on 24th June 2007.

Antique Royal typewriters in good condition often sell for prices in the region of $100-200.

Smaller designs of Royal typewriter sell for lower prices, some in the region of $50.

The same price point applied for a Royal desk typewriter with glass side panels, which sold for $50 from Phoebus Auction Gallery on 6th April 2008.

The lowest price paid for a Royal typewriter is just $5, for a Royal typewriter in poor condition, which auctioned from Bodnar’s Auction Sales on 9th February 2006.

In a similar price range, an antique Royal typewriter auctioned from Priddy's Auction Galleries, Inc. for $10 on 19th August 2006.

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