This portable gramophone manufactured in England, is a rare front-crank early HMV101 model. It dates to 1925 and has been lovingly cared for all these years. For it’s age, it shows only minimal wear and works perfectly. It has been throughly cleaned and the motor/gearing has been serviced. The original interior mahogany wood, felted turntable pad and nickel-plated fittings are all in fantastic original condition. Everything works as it should.
The exterior Rexine leather cloth covering is in great condition, considering it’s an 86 year old gramophone. There are the odd scuffs, scratches and bubbles. The fabric has been treated with a nice wax to condition and preserve the black material. The carrying handle was replaced with an appropriate reproduction leather one, as the old one’s leather had perished. All the exterior nickel-plated fittings were taken off and polished. All the accessories are present. The soundbox arm has what would appear to be a dent, but after close inspection, it was manufactured with a flat spot near the rear in order to clear the top cover when closed.
It’s a remarkable piece of early 20th century entertainment history, which includes four 78 records to enjoy. Again this is a rare HMV 101 model, with the windup crank located on the front. Shortly after this gramophone was introduced, the hand crank was relocated to the side and the hoppers(needle holders) were also moved to the outside corner of the case.
A truly functional collectable, ready to be taken on a summer picnic or used throughout the house. Below you will find a video of the gramophone in action and many photographs.
Just added a set of nine additional 78 records, held in a Radio Corporation of America case, made of Rexine leather cloth and cardboard. Dated 1918. There are two Harry James records, one Perry Como, one Les Brown, one Alvino Rey, two Glen Miller, one Benny Goodman and a combo of Pinetop Smith & Artie Matthews.
Offered at $475.- SOLD
Will Ship Internationally