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Royal Mercury ultraportable typewriter withcase and new ribbon. Working perfectly


Royal Mercury ultraportable typewriter withcase and new ribbon. Working perfectly
Royal Mercury ultraportable typewriter withcase and new ribbon. Working perfectly
Royal Mercury ultraportable typewriter withcase and new ribbon. Working perfectly
Royal Mercury ultraportable typewriter withcase and new ribbon. Working perfectly
Royal Mercury ultraportable typewriter withcase and new ribbon. Working perfectly
Royal Mercury ultraportable typewriter withcase and new ribbon. Working perfectly
Royal Mercury ultraportable typewriter withcase and new ribbon. Working perfectly
Royal Mercury ultraportable typewriter withcase and new ribbon. Working perfectly
Royal Mercury ultraportable typewriter withcase and new ribbon. Working perfectly
Royal Mercury ultraportable typewriter withcase and new ribbon. Working perfectly
Royal Mercury ultraportable typewriter withcase and new ribbon. Working perfectly

Royal Mercury ultraportable typewriter withcase and new ribbon. Working perfectly   Royal Mercury ultraportable typewriter withcase and new ribbon. Working perfectly
Offered here is an unimposing little typewriter whose quality is an open secret among enthusiasts and collectors: an ultraportable Mercury. Built by Silver-Seiko in Japan for the Royal typewriter company. Clean inside and out, this machine is in perfect operating condition. Every panel of the shell was removed for access to the works inside (as illustrated above), 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 pica -- 10 characters to the inch, the larger of the most common type sizes. The action is quick and responsive.

This typewriter comes complete 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.

Here's a short clip showing the typewriter in action. 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 the "Mister Cellophane" of typewriters, because it's a sleeper -- a good machine that rarely gets the billing it deserves. I've been collecting and repairing typewriters for 40 years, and these lightweights built by Silver-Seiko are among my favorite ultraportables. So even in the absence of good information from the online typewriter serial number database, we can safely date this machine to between 1965 and 1971.

Too often with vintage lightweights, their zippered cases fail after 40 or 50 years while the typewriters are still going strong. This typewriter's integral lid snaps securely over the top; the base is fully enclosed, and the whole business with its fresh ribbon weighs just over 10 pounds. I took a couple of inky minutes to wind the new ribbon onto period-correct metal spools. My collection comprises more than 50 typewriters and almost always includes ultraportables from this generation of Japanese machines -- they tell a story about typewriter history, and they're delightful in use. My personal preference runs to the big, honking office machines of the 1950s and 60s (hint: they weren't built big just to waste metal).

But I do appreciate where lightweights like this typewriter fit into the equation; you can easily pop the Mercury in a backpack and take it to the coffee shop or on your next cross-country outing. The 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's the real test of a typewriter if you're looking for a writing tool and not just a display piece -- and this machine's output is clean and crisp and consistent. I'm a 60-wpm touch typist and this typewriter keeps up with me. Because it's simple and so nearly bulletproof, this would be a good first typewriter for a younger writer. The touch is light enough that a preteen should be able to use it without frustration. In fact, both Royal and Brother marketed their lightweights as machines for children in those early years when they were first breaking into the American market.

If it's your first typewriter -- and I warn you, collecting these wonderful machines can be habit-forming -- the Mercury will likely still be on your short list of favorites after you've accumulated a dozen or two. The item "Royal Mercury ultraportable typewriter withcase and new ribbon.

Working perfectly" is in sale since Wednesday, March 3, 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.

  1. Country/Region of Manufacture: Japan
  2. Material: Steel
  3. Featured Refinements: Royal Typewriter
  4. Type: Manual
  5. Year: 1970
  6. Features: Portable
  7. Vintage: Yes
  8. Brand: Royal


Royal Mercury ultraportable typewriter withcase and new ribbon. Working perfectly   Royal Mercury ultraportable typewriter withcase and new ribbon. Working perfectly