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HMV Model 1 Table Top Gramophone in Oak
Dated 26 July 1915
Originally part of the Ian Calderbank Collection of Gramophones.
This Gramophone has been Sold, but the details might be of interest to fellow Collectors.
Notes about this Gramophone
In 1915 HMV was generally known as "The Gramophone Company"
Exhibition Soundbox (first appeared 1903). On the Soundbox front is "Made in USA" "The Gramophone Co. Ltd", "London-Berlin-Paris". Until after WW1 the Soundboxes were imported from the USA and always numbered. After 1918 English made Soundboxes had "His Masters Voice" on the front.
Goose-neck patented nickel plated "tapering" Tonearm (this first appeared autumn 1903).
Case 15½" Wide, 15½" Deep, 8½" High.
The motor has a 1" Single spring with 45 degree angle governor.
10" "push-on" green steel Turntable. The bar-type winding handle has an internal thread. Speed control is circular with arrow, spade type brake lever.
The factory label under the case states "26 July 1915, Machine No 1670, Ref L.B.A.O., Lot No 7, Erected by 129, Tested and Examined by 195". The majority of "HMV" Gramophones had a label upon leaving the factory, unfortunately the glue that held them in place dries out and they fell off and were lost.
Gramophones of this type were known as the "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.
Condition:- The Oak case is good, the nickel plate is tarnished in places and the Gramophone has its original turntable felt. This Gramophone was made during the days of World War One and must have witnessed the heartbreak and torment of families torn apart due to the carnage in the trenches.
The Gramophone has been fully serviced by an Engineer who specialises in Gramophones, the mainspring has been removed, cleaned and repacked in new grease ready for another 90 years. This is a very genuine unrestored Gramophone.
I have tried to describe the 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 Model 1 Gramophone
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