Victor M "Monarch" Serial Number 42530 with Flower Horn
Build Date: 1905
Originality: 3 Cabinet and hardware correctly restored by Victor-Victrola . Horn is 100% original (unrestored)
Overall Condition: 2- Cabinet shows only the slightest wear. Horn has a few dings and scratches, but is not bend, dented or deformed
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The Victor "M" was the predecessor to the popular Victor 3, and shared many of the same features. Produced from 1902 through 1906 (when the "Victor III" was introduced), it was a reasonably successful product, as it offered substantial performance at an affordable price. The oak cabinet is decorated with "roping" along the bottom and carved corner-pillars. It has a strong 2-spring motor and the correct "Exhibition" soundbox. The flower horn was a $3.00 option at the time, and brought the selling price of this set to $43.00, which equates to $1,200.00 in today's money.
This machine has an exceptionally nice restored cabinet, with nice hardware and a decorated backbracket. The flower horn is very good, with original gold painted trim, and has far fewer dings than most examples we come across. However, as is typical on these metal horns, there are some bumps and scratches as you would expect to find on these fragile items after 100+ years of storage. There are no major dents, deformations or discoloration on the horn. It still shows remarkably well. The original Victor decal is still in place on the horn and looks really good. Performance from the rebuilt motor is excellent, and it can provide plenty of volume in even the largest rooms.
This would be a good choice for the buyer who wants a very nice, original upscale external horn machine that looks exceptionally good and runs well without spending a small fortune. It has not been "doctored", as all parts are historically correct and functional. It will stand-out in any parlor or office, and will run smoothly for years to come.