Royal Bar-Lock Typewriter

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Royal Bar-Lock Typewriter series. Made from ~1890 to 1950.

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Royal Bar-Lock Typewriter № 4. 〔photo by Marcin Wichary.
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Royal Bar-Lock Typewriter № 4. 〔photo by Marcin Wichary.

This Bar-lock 6

If there is one thing hard to distinguish, it is the mechanical difference between the separate models of the Bar-lock typewriter that appeared between 1888 and 1900. Most of them seem to be minor, like a difference in carriage width, or the decoration on the shield.

The shields of the Bar-locks 1, 2, 4, 6, 10 and 12

This Bar-lock 6 appeared early in the 1890s. The Bar-lock name was derived from the fact that the machine aligned the type by catching the typebars between a semi-circular row of vertical pins in front of the platen. The name was maintained after the US company sold out to a British manufacturer that produced a series of regular 4-row frontstrike machines until the 1950s.

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Royal Bar-Lock Typewriter. 〔photo by Marcin Wichary.
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Royal Bar-Lock 12 Typewriter. ~1907 to ~1910.
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2017-04-21 Big thanks to Marcin Wichary ( for permission to use photos.


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