1910 Lindstrom/Parlophon Brass Horn Gramophone

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1910 Lindstrom/Parlophon Brass Horn Gramophone

Post by Gmemg » Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:51 pm

I saw this machine on ebay and thought it worth a second look - from the pictures i couldn't decide if the horn was a repro - it was and is VERY shiny but the embossing is unusual and since i hadn't seen that on a repro before i thought it probably OK, the base was perfectly genuine with an embossed brass plaque in the front and a plain oak case

the backbracket is of a type used on repros but appeared a genuine original as was the usual ball jointed tonearm & Reform schalldose , the motor a typical early single spring motor as seen in many Continental ,machines .

I decided to try and buy it and eventually ended up with it for £205 - a suspicious price neither very cheap or representing what it should make as a genuine machine - it was located in Bradford but a friend collected it and it arrived - to my relief it was entirely genuine - the horn was shiny BUT because a former owner had really polished it up and thus it looks magnificent but also in a photo like a repro !

It's the sort of machine which would have been seriously desireable to the "decorative" antiques trade from the 1960s onwards and would have cost a high price then , when i became a collector in the 1980's such a thing would have had a premium price and at the height of Gramophone Prices in the early 1990s i could see a "london" dealer asking £1200 for such a machine as this and not being too bothered if he sold it quickly or not as a customer was sure to come along

it's the sort of machine which has suffered from the Brass horn repro plague but if i were still stalling out at decent Antiques Fairs i would still ask £750 for it as such a machine is as decorative to - day as it was 40 years ago and as it sounds wonderful i'm not in a hurry to sell !

It has been suggested that this machine - although with a Parlophon Motor might have been retailed under a number of names and that's certainly true and indeed could have been made at any time from C 1905 - 1912

Here it is

the machine - the Horn is 23" across the front and 27" from front to back

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the Embossed Art Nouveau Detail on the thick brass horn

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The Plain Oak case - when cleaned it was very shiny - and completely original

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The Tonearm & backbracket

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The Speed control - unique in my experience as it's engraved with flowers and originally nickelled

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The Motor - a single spring Parlophon with complicated speed regulator - it will play more thn one side of a 12 " record

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The embossed Plaque of a classical scene on the front

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