The typewriter's blue metal shell was removed for access to the works inside, and everything got a careful cleaning before the body went back on. This typewriter features a full keyboard including the numeral 1 and exclamation point; it has a keyboard touch control, and it adjusts for single line spacing, 1.5 lines or 2 lines.
The type size is elite -- 12 characters to the inch, the smaller of the most common type sizes. The action is quick and responsive. This typewriter comes with a fresh ink ribbon and its original snap-on cover.
Every key and every control on this 50-year-old machine is now working properly, right down to the cheery end-of-line warning bell. Here's a short clip showing the typewriter in action. Royal Companion (Silver-Seiko) ultraportable typewriter demo.For a detailed 23-minute review, navigate to youtube and look for the Royal Mercury video posted by the wonderful family team of enthusiasts at Typewriter Minutes. They call this model the "Mister Cellophane" of typewriters, because it's a sleeper -- a good machine that rarely gets the billing it deserves. I have worked on many Mercury typewriters, and this Companion model is identical except for the name and the blue paint finish.
Lightweight typewriterss like this weren't designed for all-day use in an office setting. But unlike its 40-pound bigger siblings, the Companion can easily be snapped into its case and stored away, carried to the coffee shop or packed along on your next cross-country outing. The enclosed baseplate lets you rest the typewriter on your lap if a desk isn't close by.
And just look at the impression this little machine makes on the printed page. That should be the real measure of a typewriter if you're looking for a writing tool and not just a display piece.
This machine's output is clean and crisp and consistent, and it easily keeps up with me at 60 words per minute. Because it's simple, lightweight and so nearly bulletproof, this would be an excellent first typewriter for a younger writer. If it's your first typewriter -- and I warn you, collecting these wonderful machines can be habit-forming -- the Companion will likely still be on your short list of favorites after you've accumulated a dozen or two. The item "Royal Companion ultraportable typewriter withcase & new ribbon.
Working perfectly" is in sale since Tuesday, March 30, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Pens & Writing Instruments\Typewriters". The seller is "spanghew" and is located in Edgartown, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay, Russian federation.