Royal Bar-Lock 14

Typewriter
Date of appearance: 1909
Trademark: Royal
Manufacturer: Bar-Lock Typewriter Company
Designer: Charles Spiro
Made in: Basford, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Dimensions: 360 × 220 × 380 mm
Weight: 11.72 kg
Materials: wood, brass
Colors: black
Tags: 200keystrokes, polytech, 360


Royal Bar-Lock was the name used to market the Columbia Bar-Lock in Europe. The machine is identical to the Columbia Bar-Lock 10 that was sold in the United States. There is only a small difference between the models 8 and 10. In fact the only difference seems to be that the typebar shield and typebars are standing a bit more upright on the no 10 and their base is a bit lower, giving the typist a clearer view of work in progress. 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. The models 8 and 10 of the Bar-Lock had a simple brass name shield that was painted black. The embossed name shone through in brass. Earlier models were fitted with more elaborately decorated shields. The Columbia Typewriter Company owned the patents to the Bar-Lock typewriters and a UK based subsidiary, Bar-Lock Typewriter Company until 1914 at which point the business and patents were sold completely to said UK subsidiary. Within a year the Bar-Lock Typewriter company was working on a new model that would completely replace Charles Spiro's original design. There would be no more double keyboard, no more downstroke mechanism and definitely no more ornate typebar shields.

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