Restoring vintage typewriters is a hobby of mine. I picked up my first Royal Mercury after watching a terrific youtube video by a father-and-sons team who call themselves typewriter minutes. " They open their detailed review of this machine with the Broadway song, "Mister Cellophane -- playing on the idea that the Mercury is an under-the-radar, underappreciated typewriter. Now having worked with several examples of this model, I keep on the lookout for the Mercury.
It's become one of my favorite lightweight typing machines. Here's a video clip of the typewriter at work. Royal Mercury (Silver-Seiko) ultraportable typewriter demo. Royal first began producing typewriters with the Mercury name in 1938 -- the name an obvious choice, as Mercury was the messenger god of Roman mythology. The first Mercury typewriter seems to have ended production with the onset of World War II; this machine, produced from about 1966 into the early 1970s, was manufactured for Royal by Silver-Seiko of Japan.Ted Munk, doyenne of the typewriter universe and archivist of the online typewriter database, describes this model succinctly: This Silver-Seiko built Royal Mercury is similar to other Japanese portables of the time, built well, solid design and construction, all-metal with a plastic snap-on cover. The Mercury is a carriage-shifted machine whose form factor places it squarely in the ultraportable class: its footprint on your desk is less than 12 inches square, and its weight with cover attached is 10 pounds, 4 ounces. It's not what you'd call feature-rich: notably, there's no tabulator function here. But the Mercury does have a sliding touch control, a full keyboard with the number 1 and exclamation point, a flip-up paper support at the back and a fully enclosed metal base that lets you use it as a "laptop" in a pinch without smudging your outfit. The Mercury strips down with the removal of 10 screws, revealing the durable, all-metal works inside. I have cleaned this typewriter thoroughly, checked every adjustment, and loaded a fresh ink ribbon onto a pair of vintage steel spools. The Mercury accepts today's widely-available "universal" typewriter ribbons, but I find it works best when those ribbons are wound onto the older spools -- the newer plastic ones can bind on the ribbon spindles. The photos here convey the fine cosmetic condition of this typewriter and suggest a pampered life -- it looks almost like new. The specimen page, and the video above, are the closest thing I can provide to a test-drive; these are what you need to see if you intend to use a typewriter. Now you can amaze your friends by showing them the basket guard and announcing, Nicht wegwerfen! Let me reiterate: every key and control of this typewriter works as intended. The typing action is delightfully quick and the printed impression is excellent. You'll find no signs of corrosion on this machine. It's clean and ready to use right out of the case. The item "Royal Mercury ultraportable typewriter withcase and new ribbon. Working perfectly" is in sale since Sunday, June 27, 2021.
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