Rare Antique 1909 Royal Bar-Lock Typewriter – Superb Condition – New Ribbon, Original Wooden Case – Made in London


The Royal Bar-Lock typewriter is a truly stunning piece of engineering and rightly deserves its place amongst the most eye catching masterpieces of the typewriter industry, since the beginning of commercial manufacturing of typewriters in 1870’s.

The Columbia Bar-Lock originated in 1889, USA and then production moved to Britain at the beginning of the last century. The typewriter became known as the Royal Bar-Lock and was supplied to the Royal Household.

The originality of this particular typewriter is its design, as the strike keys stop behind the shield with the brass ‘Royal Bar-Lock’ title.

One of the unusual features is the keys are positioned on seven rows. Every symbol and every lower and upper case letter has its own separate key of an octagonal shape and, either black or white in colour.

The typewriter offered for sale is preserved in immaculate condition. All the mechanisms operate as expected, and with precision. The letter keys are a joy to type on as they move smoothly giving the sensation of playing on a piano keyboard, allowing you to create your own masterpiece of creative writing, poetry or prose. The typewriter has a new black ribbon and it can be in action from the moment you unpack it.

The Royal Bar-Lock is attached to a wooden base and it has firm rubber feet. It also comes with the original wooden curved case.

The overall condition is exquisite. There is very little impression left on the typewriter by previous use and its age.

The Royal Bar-Lock typewriter would be a great addition to the collection of the typewriter connoisseur. It would also make an outstanding centrepiece at an exhibition or as part of a photo-shoot. Any typist would have hours of pleasure typing on the Bar-Lock typewriter.

The antique Royal Bar-Lock typewriter is located in London, UK.

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