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Gramophone Co. (HMV) Monarch Model V Horn Gramophone
in Oak
27 September 1911

Originally part of the Ian Calderbank Collection of Gramophones.
This Gramophone has been Sold, but the details might be of interest to fellow Collectors.
Gramophone Co. (HMV) Monarch Model V Horn Gramophone
Gramophone Co. (HMV) Monarch Model V Horn Gramophone

Advert from "HMV" Catalogue circa 1911


Nine years ago I purchased this Gramophone from an elderly Spinster who lived in a large house in a tiny Hamlet near Plymouth England.
The Gramophone had been purchased from a shop in Plymouth, the lady recounted the memory of her Grandfather collecting the Gramophone by horse and cart from the local railway station. She gave me the trunk that was believed to have transported the base of the Gramophone all those years ago, it would have been packed in straw; this trunk accompany the Gramophone. The horn would have been transported separately in a special wicker basket which she had not kept.

Under the Gramophone base is the Gramophone Co. dispatch note. although barely discernable states 27/9/11.
Finding these labels still attached to HMV Gramophones is quite rare; over the decades the glue by which they were attached dries out and they fall off and get lost.
The original Retailers label is on the front of the Gramophone "Moon & Son Plymouth"
The gold disc Gramophone Identification states "Monarch Gramophone Co. Ltd London"

The part that holds the Needle is called the Soundbox. This Exhibition Model Soundbox was introduced in 1903 and still found on some mid-1920's models, during its long life it was identified in various ways. The Soundbox on this Gramophone is identified with "The Gramophone Co. Limited" and "Made in the U.S.A.". HMV prior to the end of World War 1 imported their Soundboxes from the Victor Company of America. After circa 1918 they were made in the UK and identified with HMV. You will also notice a unique serial number on the back of the American produced Soundboxes (407961), the serial numbers did not run sequentially hence cannot assist dating Gramophones.
The rubber back gasket for the Soundbox which hardens over the years has been replaced.

The motor has two 1.5" springs and vertical worm drive.

The horn unusually retains the round HMV transfer. These transfers as a result of dusting and polishing usually become indistinct or wear off.


This Gramophone has with the exception of recovering the turntable with the correct green felt baize has not been restored. The Oak case is in very good condition. The nickel plate has dulled with the passage of time. The motor runs quietly and the sound is good.

Please bear in mind this Gramophone is nearly 100 years old, but for its age it is in very good condition having been cared for in just one family for over eight decades.

The "Transportation Trunk" as described above
& 100 Gramophone Needles will accompany this Gramophone

Gramophone Co. (HMV) Monarch Model V Horn Gramophone
in Oak
SOLD

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