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Horn Gramophone 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.
Notes about this Gramophone
In 1920's Britain there were several hundred Manufacturers / Suppliers trying to satiate the publics appetite for Gramophones. Gramophone parts such as motors and Soundboxes were readily available in the UK, parts were also imported from Germany and Switzerland.
Everybody jumped on the bandwagon to produce Gramophones:- Furniture Manufacturers, Bicycle Shops (you did not buy a new cycle in the Winter), small workshops. Many Gramophones as with this one, had no identification.
This is a Gramophone of which the Manufacturer is unknown to me. The 20" horn and motor appear to be Swiss, the 10" turntable has its original felt.
Condition :- Wooden Case good. The nickel plate has dulled over the decades with some pitting, but not bad. The horn is very good with a few marks. The original turntable felt has marks on it. The Soundbox (Where the needle goes in) has been serviced with replacement mica diaphragm and rubber gaskets fitted.
A typical horn Gramophone of the 1920's
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.
Horn Gramophone 1920's
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