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Royal Bar-lock 10

First year of production:
Columbia Typewriter Company , New York , USA
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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 (pics 5 and 6). 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. Some owners took all the paint off the shield and created their own spectacular variation, with a shiny brass name shield.

Earlier models were fitted with more elaborately decorated shields.

Courtesy of: Robert collection