An Important electric Edison Class M phonograph in glazed case, early manufacture, circa 1891,
Lot 13W
An Important Edison Class M electric phonograph in glazed case, early manufacture circa 1891, with later modifications,
£12,000 - 18,000
US$ 20,000 - 30,000
Lot Details
An Important Edison Class M electric phonograph in glazed case,
early manufacture circa 1891, with later modifications,
No. unknown, no evidence to suggest plaque was fitted;
with Model B reproducer on triumph head welded to the feedscrew slide, governor-regulated electric motor drive, rheostat control to back for 110dc connection, glass wet cell for 2.1/2volt 2 amp operation, mandrel with turned thumbscrew cylinder gate, on black painted cast iron bedplate lifting for motor access, stained box base on large rectangular baseboard with block corners to accept the cover of fully glazed top and sides, twin sliding glazed doors and right-hand side opening for cylinder change, 16 listening tube holes to middle bar of the mahogany frame, panelled base, with two pairs of ear piece tubes (one earpiece lacking), speaking tube with flexible hose and connectors, oil dropper and bottle, with a period fitted travelling box with 24 brown cylinders mostly supplied by the London Phonograph Company including dances, songs and solos and one recorded with an announcer reading Gladstone's speech to the commons on the House of Lords in 1893 (recorded 1894-5); accompanied by a quantity of letters, notes and postcard correspondence between a former owner and the new owner from 1960, notes include the thoughts of George Frow on this machine as being a prototype Class M and a great amount of pages devoted to the cylinders, all of which catalogued and listed individually in addition to the contents of the non-edited article for the CLPGS bulletin - the case 25in. (63.5cm) wide, 18in. (46cm) high, 16in. (41cm) deep
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