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PATHE ELF GRAMOPHONE
Circa 1915

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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Pathe Elf Pathe Elf

Please note this type of Gramophone plays Pathe Records
it does NOT play ordinary 78 rpm Records

The Gramophone plays "Pathe Centre Start" vertical cut Hill-and-Dale records with a jewel tipped stylus.

Pathe Elf
(Reprinted from the authoritative book "Collecting Phonographs and Gramophones" by Christopher Proudfoot)


Pathe was the premier French Gramophone company, in France they utilised the 'bowl-in-lid' reflector sound system on several Pathe models; the Elf is the only one which seems to have been marketed in Great Britain. The reflector on this model is made from a black composition said to be re-cycled from old records. Decca used this design in Gramophones provided for the Troops during World War One. In 1915 the Pathe Elf sold for GBP1.88
The Pathe Elf will play record diameters up to approximately 11.5 inches.
The original retailer's plate on the front of case states "F. Alien & Sons Ltd, Sole Agents, Wolverhampton".
The model is identified by a transfer on lid front "The Elf Pathe, Regd. Trade Mark".
Inside the lid is a blue transfer with a man holding a record stating "Pathe Discs without Needles".
The red turntable 9" diameter turntable has a label stating "To find the correct speed, this label should revolve 90 times to the minute...."
The Soundbox (Needle Holder) identification is "Disc Reproducer Pathe, Patented Ebonite", it has a 2" Diaphragm.
The motor has a single 1" spring in a 3" Barrel.
Case is Height 12", Width 14", Depth 14" (Height 30cm, Width 36cm, Depth 36cm)
The gramophone comes complete with a "ball" stylus protector which protects the stylus when not in use.

The Gramophone has been serviced and a specialist Soundbox engineer has replaced the Soundbox rubber gaskets and Tonearm rubber gasket.
A new sapphire stylus has been fitted.

This Gramophone is in very good original condition both physically and mechanically.
The gramophone is totally original, even the turntable felt has the speed warning label still adhered to the felt. The nickel plate is tarnished.

I have tried to describe the Gramophone accurately, but please take into account it is over 100 years old and was used for family home entertainment hence there will be minor imperfections commensurate with age.

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