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HMV Model 101 Portable in Black
Circa 1925 / 1926
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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Advert from the 1926 HMV Catalogue
History of the HMV Model 101
The model 101 HMV portable Gramophone was available between October 1925 and circa 1931.
This is the early HMV 101 design with the winding handle on the front. In late 1926 / early 1927 the handle was moved to the side. It is extremely rare to find this early model with the winding handle on the front. When Collectors say that they own an HMV 101 the winding handle is almost always on the side.
The Gramophone has the Model 400 / 410 motor. The part that holds the Needle is called the Soundbox, the brass backed No. 4 Soundbox on this Gramophone is identified on the front; identification was moved to the rear of the Soundbox late 1926.
The Gramophone is complete with the key to its case. These are very rare, usually having been separated from the Gramophone and lost; Collectors pay high prices for these keys to complete their Gramophones.
(A Note of Caution:- Never lock the case on ANY Gramophone - Would you trust an 85 year old lock to re-open?)
The Gramophone has just been serviced by a specialist Gramophone Engineer.
It takes expertise and therefore expense to safely handle a long mainspring with razor sharp edges.
The old mainspring has been removed, cleaned along its length and packed in modern grease ready for many more decades of use.
The Rexine (leather cloth) covered case has been professionally restored by a Specialist. There are still, but very few minor marks on the case; please see the photos.
Leather can deteriorate over years; the leather carrying handle has been replaced.
The interior nickel plate is excellent. There is minor tarnish as would be expected on the exterior metal parts.
The clips that hold the winding handle in place during transit are undamaged; unlike with many 101's.
The spring lid needle storage "hoppers" are in very good condition.
Please take into account this Gramophone is 85 years old and was a domestic item for general entertainment in the home (and picnics), hence it will have slight imperfections.
HMV Model 101 Black Portable Gramophone
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