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HMV Model 102 Portable in Blue
Originally part of the Ian Calderbank Collection of Gramophones.
This Gramophone has been Sold, but the details might be of interest to fellow Collectors.
Advert from the 1934 HMV Catalogue
"THE WORLD'S FINEST PORTABLE"
(HMV's description of this Gramophone -There was no Advertising Standards Agency in the 1930's).
HMV portable Gramophones were normally black. Coloured portables are rare, the original purchase price was £6 compared with £5.60 for the black model. Only 40p difference, but when you consider weekly wages of £2 or £3 per week, it was only the wealthy who would pay extra for a coloured model.
Coloured HMV Portables are sought after by Collectors.
In the 1930's as electric record players reduced in price, the age of the wind-up Gramophone was drawing to a close, the HMV Model 102 introduced in July 1931 was probably the pinnacle of what could be achieved with the portable wind-up Gramophone.
The 1931 model was introduced with a rather complicated Universal braking system, by the end of 1932 this had been replaced by a far simpler system.
The Gramophone has the original Retailers plaque in the lid is "W.J. Elliott Ltd, St Albans, Watford Herts, Muswell Hill". The serial number on the deck is "Model 102065293".
It has a No. 16 Soundbox, this preceded the, 5A & 5B indicating the first incarnation of the 102 with simpler design braking. The motor is a Type 271D by The Gramophone Co. Hayes Middx, it has a single 1" 14 foot 550 gm spring. Single handed lid operation. Automatic start / brake. A blue deck And blue 10" Turntable. Graduated speed regulator. Pivoted needle bowl and spring clip for a "Tungstyle" needle tin.
Case size 11½" Wide 16½" Deep 6½" High.
Condition:- The gramophone is in excellent original condition complete with removable Record tray. These Record trays were very often lost, making the Gramophone incomplete from a Collectors point of view, during 1936 HMV dispensed with the Record tray for subsequent production, but this circa 1933 version of the 102 is complete with its tray.
The Chrome nickel plate is very good with just slight wear to the lid catch and carrying strap holders.
HMV Model 102 Blue Portable Gramophone
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