Victor III Serial Number 13195 Type A Dark Oak with Spearpoint Horn
Build Date: Early 1910
Originality: 4 Nice Older Restoration
Overall Condition: 3 Good condition throughout.
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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 exceptional 2-spring motor. The case was made of quarter-sawn oak with corner columns. An "Exhibition" soundbox was standard equipment, to provide added volume and fidelity. Selling new at a substantial base price of $40.00 (which equates to over $1,000 today), it was a very popular seller. This machine has the optional Spearpoint Oak Horn, which is larger and far more elegant than the standard brass horn, providing greater volume in a large room as well as a vastly more imposing appearance. The oak horn was a pricey option for this machine when new, and outstanding original horns like this one are highly prized by collectors today.
The vast majority of Victor III's were made with a "Golden Oak" finish, but this example was produced in the "Dark Oak" finish, which was offered to buyers who didn't care for the yellowish color of oak. The oak "tiger stripe" grain is still clearly visible, but this machine has a very distinctive shading that has beautiful and muted appearance.
This machine was well restored many years ago (not by us), and retains it's correct original details, components and configuration. The horn appears to have undergone some minor repairs at some point in the past, but these are not obvious. Slight swelling of the veneer is noticed inside the horn, but again, unless you point it out, most people would never notice it. The horn still retains the original Victor Decal. It shows only slight wear from usage. We have recently rebuilt all mechanical components. This Victor III is a remarkable performer and will be the center of attention of any room. Given the Spearpoint horn and dark oak finish, it is a rare and truly exceptional machine. Since we did not restore this Victor and the fact that the horn is not perfect, we have priced it well below market. Most early machines with correct spearpoint horns are bringing well over $4,000.00.
Please note that the pictures below, taken with flash, gives the machine a slightly "dusty" appearance. This is not the way it appears in normal lighting.