Friday, July 22, 2011

Royal Quiet DeLuxe Gold Plated Typewriter

Hello Everyone !
After a long silence I am happy to share the latest member of my collection: A royal Quiet Deluxe Gold plated typewriter !
It is reported to be similar to the one that  Ian Fleming , of James Bond fame, owned. I can't find several similar ones online but only an older gold plated model (so if you know more about this model please let me know in the comments !). 

So how I ended up finding this? As it often happens by a coincidence: browsing ebay for the unusual typewriters. I have found this one from an UK seller. This happened after I spotted a gold princess in Adwoa's blog and thought that may be there was another gold plated typewriter on ebay ?

It is really in pristine conditions so I assume that the previous owner didn't really use it a lot for writing !
The glass keys are really a pleasure to write with. It had a small capital letter alignment problem but, after some work and restoring with oil etc. I think I have pretty much fixed it now. 

I am really thrilled to write more with this new typewriter ! :) The layout is not the standard qwertz used here in Switzerland but I don't even think that Royal ever did any non qwerty gold plated. 

It wasn't cheap but I think that it was really worth it. With too many typewriters I cannot justify adding yet another to my collection unless is really difficult to pass and this did fit the bill.

What do you think about this typewriter ? I think it is from the 50's but if you do have some more information let me know. I do look forward to your comments !
















36 comments:

  1. What a beautiful machine! :D

    I have that exact style of QDL (except in black/grey instead of gold/grey of course), and mine's a 1948. I believe that was the first year for this particular style. I don't know when that style ended and switched to the style with the green plastic keys, but I'd guess very early 50's.

    Have you looked up the serial number in tw-db?

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  2. Oh, BTW, I'm not sure tw-db is correct about the Royal serial numbers for that span of years. I have a copy of the 1964 NOMDA Blue Book which gives these ranges for Royal QDL:

    1947: 1275456
    1948: 1473968
    1949: 1741468

    This is what I date mine from, which would put mine at the beginning of 1948 (A-1551587) and yours in late 1948 (A-1709249).

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  3. Hi Ted thanks a lot for this ! so yes it is really from the late 40's - 50's !
    Amazing how well kept it is. This one has glass keys (or glass covered keys as far as I can tell). Appreciate your help !
    Regards
    David

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  4. That's very pretty! I particularly like the gold around the keys. Nice acquisition!

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  5. Wow, this is like finding treasure! IU can just imagine how thrilled you are.

    Ted informed me of your find because I just posted about a Royal QDL Gold I spotted in a Berkeley shop. Here is the link.

    Cheers!

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  6. @notgain thank you ! yes it just came out of pure luck !
    @i dream lo-tech: Wow very nice blog. thanks for your comment. Yes I honestly didn't expect to be in such a good condition. I had to beg the seller to test it before sending it ... but it works perfectly !

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  7. Beautiful machine. I don't think I have seen one of these before. Good find!

    Gary

    PS: check out the website below and spread the word! Always looking for good stories about typewriters.

    www.typewritermovie.com

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  8. So sorry I didn't forward you the email about the gold Princess as soon as I received it! I shall know better next time.

    Nice Royal; hope you enjoy it.

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  9. Very nice machine! I use the same argument (lack of space) to buy only very nice typewriters, haha. :)

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  10. @Gary: thanks for the link ! very interesting indeed
    @Adwoa oh no worried I think one is enough but thanks for the inspiration ! love your blog
    @schrijfmachine yes! sometimes it really works to pass on some not so good deals :)

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  11. David, by the way, I read your older post about the faux bois Royal Caravan and enjoyed it. Thanks.

    That typewriter, although not for all tastes, is on top of my list. By just 2 seconds, I lost a Buy It Now chance on ebay to acquire one for only $12! How I wish I can look for one in some flea market in Switzerland. I don't see a lot of it anywhere.

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  12. Hi !
    I actually bought this from the USA (ebay) and was not so cheap !
    There is really none of these in Europe..... when I was hunting for one there were a few around but I think all were around 100 or slightly less !

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  13. Congratulations! They usually are black with gold instead of gray with gold. I like this look.

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  14. thank you richard .. I was also wondering why is not like the "usual" black and gold but has this matte finish ! mystery ?? :)

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  15. According to Dingwerth's Lexicon, this model was produced from 1948 to ca. 1955. The 18 karat gold version sold for 150 dollars in 1949, which was only ca. 50% more expensive than the regular version.
    Personally, I think that this much gold would distract me from typing. Given today's gold price, it would be a pity to wash hands after use.

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  16. Congratulations on a fantastic machine! And great photos, too. I'm a Bond fan and have not seen any good photos of these gold-plated QDLs, so thanks for taking the time to post so many nice photos. Enjoy that typewriter.

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  17. Hello! I have been trying to discover the value of a Princess 300 9ct gold plated typewriter I own, a gift from my grandfather from Deggendorf Germany. While searching the web your blog came up. Would you know of contacts that could help me find the value?
    Thanks......bmm

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  18. That is a superb typewriter! The envy of every collector that does not have one! I've seen a black and gold one somewhere too.

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  19. Wow, it's the first time I've ever seen a gold typewriter.
    gold sellers

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  20. Beautiful writer

    I am very curious how you fixed the alignment problem with this typewriter. I also have a Quiet Deluxe, and the capitals don't line up too well.

    Thanks!

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  23. I have a gold plated typewriter that is similar. It's a Royal De Lux. It's all gold plated with no matte color. The serial number is 1780449 so I would like to compare machines and information. Contact me at: billsocha@gmail.com

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  24. Hello, my name is Ryan, an I live in Chicago. I was wondering if you could help me. We have a similar gold and black typewriter that we are looking to sell but we don't know how much its worth or where would be appropriate to sell one. I would appreciate if you got back to me through email at ryanfdunleavy@stu.clcillinois.edu at your earliest convenience. I would be happy to furnish photos if that could help.

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  25. Wow, it looks so vintage and chic! I like gold products but since it's a far fetched dream to buy gold bullion uk I'd love to own one of these.

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  26. If I possess the resources to buy silver bullions, I would make silver-plated typewriters without batting an eyelash. I have a trinket for vintage stuff. Lovely!

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  27. Well, having enough gold sovereigns can definitely make another one of this, too. Having two of these might probably be just the ultimate dream.

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  28. I have one of these Royal Gold Typewriters that was my Dads that is in great condition other than the gold is really worn since my Dad used it a lot. I am not a collector but I have wanted to have the plating redone on it just so I could display it. I have the one that is exactly like the one that Ian Fleming had. Has anyone ever had one replated? Looks like I might be able to remove it all to be replated. By the way, I do have a 1953 letter on Royal Typewriter letterhead that is "typed" answering a question about getting one of these typewriters with a different font. I guess my Dad was able to get it with an Italic font since that is what he has. I may have the only one like that. If anyone is interested in a copy of the letter just ask and I will email you a high resolution file to print. Cary.Mark@me.com.

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  30. I'm pretty sure that all the gold hunters out there will be very much interested in having a kind of golden typewriter like this one. The question is how much karat of gold does that typewriter have.


    -Vince Fury

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  31. My sister was a writer, and she received a typewriter that's twice as expensive as her engagement ring. Totally worth it. | Madeline |

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  32. That's a great idea, Madeline! I'm also a writer, and although I don't use typewriters anymore, I would love to have this. I'm fine with a cheap piece of jewelry from long island, as long as I know I'll receive a typewriter like that... in my dreams!

    - Gabby Sawyer

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  33. A gold plated typewriter like this one will be the hot target for those who are into collecting rare items. I wonder though if the gold plates in that typewriter can be converted into some sort of jewelry.

    Keith Reed

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  34. This is an impressive tool for writing! My grandfather left a similar piece when he retired from writing, and it's still good as new. The gold was still shiny, and the letters & numbers are still clear. - Madison

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  35. Beautiful. I own two Royal Portables. One is a 1926 and the other is a 1942 Quiet De Luxe. I just got the newer one and I will have it cleaned this week. It's been a couple of years since you wrote this post. Any updates?

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