Victor III with Large Brass Horn Serial Number 23087
Build Date: Late 1907
Originality: 1 100% original, untouched finish and hardware
Overall Condition: 3 Exceptionally good original in all repects.
(See the Ratings/Condition page for our grading scales)
The Victor III was a "mid-range" phonograph in the early Victor product lineup. It featured a 10-inch turntable, nickel-plated hardware, and an exceptionally strong 2-spring motor. The case was made of quarter-sawn oak with corner columns. An "Exhibition" soundbox and a small brass horn were standard equipment, to provide added volume and fidelity. Selling new at a substantial base price of $40.00, it was a very popular seller.
Just like the other Victor III we currently have for sale (s/n 23212, which probably came from the factory the same day as this machine!), the cabinet, horn, backbracket and nickel hardware are absolutely untouched, and completely original. The condition of the cabinet is exceptional, and the gorgeous large (18" diameter) brass horn has a few dings and zings here and there, but is truly a great find. The original Victor decal is still in place on the horn, and in very good shape. These big horns usually get pretty beat-up being stored for scores of years in attics and basements, but this one was a survivor. Even the turntable felt is original on this machine! This Victor III is exactly as purchased 111 years ago, and it sounds absolutely fantastic! It is a remarkable performer and will be the center of attention of any room. This would be good choice for someone who is into totally unrestored antiques, and wants one of the best untouched Victors that you are likely to find. This machine will need some surrounding space around where it is placed, as the horn is pretty large!
NOTE: The pictures below show reflections on the horn that appear to be gouges. They are only flash reflections of the nickel tone arm off the glossy horn finish.