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HMV Gramophone Model VI Table Top in Oak
Originally part of the Ian Calderbank Collection of Gramophones.
This Gramophone has been Sold, but the details might be of interest to fellow Collectors.
Advert from the 1911 HMV Catalogue
Notes about this Gramophone
In 1911 HMV was generally known as "The Gramophone Company". This Gramophone bears the famous "Dog & Trumpet" Logo.
This HMV Gramophone has an Exhibition Soundbox (where the needle goes in) the Exhibition first appeared on "HMV" Gramophones in 1903. On the Soundbox front is ""Made in USA" "The Gramophone Co. Ltd", "London-Berlin-Paris". Prior to the end of World War One "HMV" Soundboxes were all imported from the USA and always numbered. After 1918 English made Soundboxes had "His Masters Voice" on the front.
It has the "HMV" Goose-neck patented nickel plated "tapering" Tonearm (this first appeared autumn 1903).
Case :- 17¾" Wide 17¾" Deep 8¾" High.
The powerful motor has two separated 1¼" springs with a Horizontal Governor and worm drive. It has a scissor cantilever brake, centre screw for turntable, circular arrow speed control, steel 12" "rocking" turntable and internal threaded winding handle.
The manufacturers dispatch note on the bottom of the case has: - Registered Design Rd No. 568,325 568,322 569,363 and Machine No. ??58 (unclear) Erected by 23 Tested "&" Examined by 250 Packed by 852. Unfortunately the date of manufacture is not shown, quite often this appeared on dispatch notes written in indelible ink which unfortunately disappears over the decades.
Gramophones of this type were known as "Hornless" Table Top Gramophones because they did not have the open trumpet type Horn. Housewives complained about Trumpet horns because they were thought to be unsightly and gatherers of dust. The Horn is actually contained inside the Gramophone.
Case excellent, almost negligible pitting to nickel plate except brake lever which has wear to top.
Soundbox Back and Diaphragm gaskets renewed. Turntable felt replaced.
This is an attractive "Top of the Range" model of the type of Gramophone that were so popular in the 1910's. This HMV Gramophone cost two and a half times more than the cheapest model in the range, it might explain its rarity today.
I have tried to describe this HMV Gramophone accurately. However, it must be born in mind unlike many "Antiques" that have been safely stored against the ravages of time in a display cabinet; the Gramophone was a Domestic Appliance which was a main source of home entertainment.
Realistically the only Gramophones that won't show signs of age are over restored examples, or the reproduction models imported from the Far East.
HMV Gramophone Model VI
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