This inexpensive Royal Talking machine probably dates from some time in the mid-teens, very late for an outside horn phonograph. Like many other brands such as the Standard A, it uses components of Columbia origin. The nameplate suggests that it was manufactured in Chicago.
A 1913 advertisement in Popular Mechanics magazine offered a Royal Talking Machine in either outside horn or internal horn versions for $7.50. The machine depicted in the ad differs from the commonly seen Chicago Royal in that it appears to be in a smaller case with beaded molding, with a standard Columbia combination on/off speed control assembly running through the front.
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