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HMV Wooden Horn Junior Monarch Gramophone in Mahogany
Originally part of the Ian Calderbank Collection of Gramophones.
This Gramophone has been Sold, but the details might be of interest to fellow Collectors.
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Notes about this Gramophone
The Exhibition Soundbox (where the needle goes in) is identified with "The Gramophone Company" and was made in the U.S.A.. HMV was known as the Gramophone Company during this period, until after the end of World War One they did not produce their own Exhibition Soundboxes, these were imported from the Victor Company of America. You will also notice a unique serial number on the back of the Soundbox, unfortunately these serial numbers did not run sequentially and there appears to be little logic to assist dating.
Case Height 7", Width 12", Depth 12". Each corner of the case has Doric pilasters (6 rectangular columns per side).
The familiar Dog "&" Trumpet trademark transfer did not come into general use on HMV Gramophones until 1909. This Gramophone bears the extremely rare "By Appointment" transfer containing the Royal Coat of Arms of Queen Alexandra together with Nipper Dog trademark. Prior to 1909, HMV used the "Recording Angel" trademark on their Gramophones, this can be found on top of the Tonearm.
This model also came in Oak and was just about affordable by an upper middle class family, this mahogany version is much rarer because families were reluctant to spend the extra just for a superior wood. The motor is a Direct screw vertical drive type unit with horizontal governor and large powerful single spring.
The Mahogany 18" wooden horn was an expensive luxury for owners of Gramophones, found only as a standard fitting on absolute top of the range models. The wooden horn is thought to give superior resonance and depth of Sound. After years of polishing It is unusual to see the HMV transfer still present as is the case with this horn. For a Collector, the horn on its own is a much sought after item.
Condition :- Case good. Back-bracket has wear to nickel plate. Tonearm, Soundbox and controls good, Horn excellent. The Soundbox has new rubber gaskets, after 90 years the rubber gaskets perish, these have been replaced by a specialist Gramophone engineer. The Turntable felt which discolours and blemishes after 90 years exposure to sunlight and the atmosphere has been renewed along with the four rubber feet under the Gramophone base.
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.
MAHOGANY HMV JUNIOR MONARCH GRAMOPHONE
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