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".
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