Antique Victor Talking Machine Phonograph Morning Glory Speaker Vic III NR yqz
Electricity Free Music Player In Beautiful Oak Cabinet Auction Ending Jun 23, 2014 18:54:01 PDT http://yqz.me/Antique-Phonograph
This came out of a Doctor’s estate on the Easternshore of Maryland. According to family lore, this was given in lieu of payment from one of the Doctor’s patients.
Back in the days of the late 19th century when Thomas Edison was the technological guru of the day, he was selling his cylinder recordings to beused on his phonograph. As we all know, success is a bandwagon, and there were many who began to try to create their own sound recording systems and players without encountering Edison’s patent protections. One of the innovations was the flat record developed by Emile Berliner beginning in 1892 which eventually became the standard for recorded music and ruled for decades.
In this auction, we have an early Victor flat disc record player with external metal morning glory type speaker. This phonograph has a plate on the side identifying it as “Victor; Made By Victor Talking Mch. Co.; Type Vic. III; 11374A’ Patented in U.S. And Foreign Countries; Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A.” This is in an oak cabinet with the tapered arm, a hand crank that operates the spring loaded motor, and the metal external horn you see in the photos, which has been repainted at some point to the color you see. The base of the cabinet measures approx. 14¼” square, the arm extends approx. 7″ from the side of the cabinet. The speaker horn measures approx. 19¼” in diameter and 21¼” tall. You can see that some of the paint has flaked off exposing brass color beneath, and there are some dings and dents all over. But the original label has been masked during the painting process, leaving it visible. The crank will wind up the motor and the turntable will turn, but the stopper needs a new part. The speed knob is the oldest style, according to the Victor- Victrola website. (A Great website where we drew most of our information.) The sound arm does not have a needle, but the physics of the machine are such that you can hear sound amplified through the speaker when we rubbed a finger against the No. 2 reproducer. One of the screws holding the plate where the crank enters the cabinet is not original. And the finish of the wood could use some tender loving care after nearly a century of life. Some oxidation is visible on the nickel plating, but overall it is in generally good condition for its age.
Interestingly, when doing research for this Victor Talking Machine, we learned that the steel needles needed should be used for a single play and thrown away. This was to preserve the record. The needle would become dull that quickly, but that was by design. Reusing a steel needle would wear out the record. Later manufacturing methods were developed to make the two parts more compatible. A newer record should not be played with the heavy arm of this machine; it will damage the record.