Victor V with Oak Spearpoint Horn Serial Number 51769 Type A
Build Date: Approximately 1910
Originality: 3 Some restoration/touchup done to cabinet and horn
Overall Condition: 3+ Very good overall condition, nickel hardware shows wear.
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This is quite an impressive machine! The Victor V was the second most expensive external-horn machine that the company made, and is considered to be a very highly collectable item today. This machine cost a whopping $60.00 brand new, which equates to over $1450.00 in today's money. Plus, the optional (and gorgeous) oak spearpoint horn added $8.00 to the original price tag. This is truly a large and stunning piece of furniture, and is very substantial in both weight, performance and detail. Just look at the grain and detail work on the horn! We come across Victor V's on occasion, but most have been badly restored, tinkered-with or are in hopeless condition. This is a very nice example, which we partially restored several years ago using correct materials and processes. The nickel plating is original, and does show wear in a few places, but it is still very decent overall. The optional large Victor "spearpoint" horn (the biggest one that Victor produced) has also been partially restored, and shows very well. The original Victor decal still clearly present. And with so much size, this machine is plenty loud! The hefty 3-spring motor (Victor's best at that time) is powerful and will provide years of reliable service. It is a very strong performer, with a quiet motor, and plenty of volume to fill any room with sound. This Victor is no toy; a most impressive piece when seen in-person. Due to the weight, a heavy base cabinet or table should be used for support, and it does require considerable space around it such that the horn will not be bumped by passers-by. This imposing machine will hold its own anywhere, and would be a stunning showpiece in any home. The motor and soundbox are fully rebuilt, and ready for years of service. We can have the nickel hardware replated (at extra cost) at the buyers request; however, it is very presentable as-is.