GRAMOPHONES and PHONOGRAPHS
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HMV SENIOR MONARCH GRAMOPHONE
This version of the Senior Monarch was available between May 1905 and October 1910, it was the most expensive and top of the Monarch range. Captain Scott took a Senior Monarch on his ill-fated Antarctic expedition (1910 - 1911).
The totally original red metallic painted Morning Glory Horn is quite rare, no doubt there was a special reason for HMV to deviate from its usual enamel paint.
During its long life from 1903 the Exhibition Soundbox (Needle Holder) was identified in different ways. This Soundbox is the 1901 - 1907 version, identified on the front "Made in USA" "Gramophone & Typewriter London-Berlin-Paris". Until after the First World War HMV imported Soundboxes from Victor of the USA, they were non-sequentially numbered on the back (No. 145050).
The case is top grade quarter sawed Oak with Corinthian Columns. The Angel Trademark transfer states "The Gramophone & Typewriter Ltd., 21 City Road, Finsbury Square E.C., Patented in Great Britain, Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Russia".
The cast iron turntable has the original felt.
The motor is nickel plated with triple 1" 12½ foot 450 gm springs.
The tubular Winding Handle has a slotted end.
The speed control is circular with indicator arrow and there is a cannon brake.
The Morning Glory Horn is 24" Diameter by 23" Long. Case Height 7¼", Width 13½", Depth 13½".
This Gramophone is in reasonable unrestored condition.
The turntable felt has marks, but unlike on many 100 year old plus gramophones it is totally original.
A Soundbox Specialist has replaced the Soundbox diaphragm plus the front and rear rubber gaskets.
The motor has been stripped and serviced with new motor governor springs and weights by an Expert Engineer.
There is a small dink on the Tonearm commensurate with over 100 years of use.
You might not spot it, but one of the horn securing assembly bolts has been replaced (Exactly the same pattern, but slightly larger).
Probably due to the formulation of metallic paint 100 years ago the paint has completely oxidized on the outside of the horn and partially on the inside. HMV normally enameled rather than metallic painted their horns, this is the only example I have ever seen. It is the metal within the paint that has oxidized, not the metal of the horn.
I have tried to describe the Gramophone accurately, but please take into account it is nearly 115 years old and was a main source of Home family entertainment hence there will be minor imperfections commensurate with age.
HMV SENIOR MONARCH HORN GRAMOPHONE
The Gramophone is over 100 years old and therefore an Antique.
Non-specialist Couriers will only insure against "LOSS" not "DAMAGE" to Antiques.
The horn would require a wooden case as poor protection would be offered even in a heavy cardboard case.
Ideally the Gramophone should be collected from South Devon.
I could deliver within a reasonable distance of South Devon at the cost of fuel.
You could arrange for a specialist Courier to pick up and pack the Gramophone.
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