Victor V with Large Flower Horn Serial Number 34252
Build Date: Approximately 1907
Originality: 2 Cabinet is restored. Remainder (hardware, horn, etc.) is original
Overall Condition: 3- Cabinet is a good older restoration. Horn shows usual surface wear. Very nice throughout.
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This is an very nice Victor V phonograph, with an original (and hard to find) Victor Large Flower Horn. The Victor V was the second most expensive external-horn machine that the company produced. It was usually delivered with a "standard" medium-size Victor brass horn; however, this example features the optional large flower horn, which was an expensive $7.00 option at the time. Therefore, this combination sold new for $67.00, which equates to about $1,800.00 in today's money. This is a large, highly detailed, and stunning piece of furniture. The Victor V and Victor VI were the only two "full size" external horn models, with 12" turntables and large, heavy cabinets. The cabinet was refinished many years ago (not by us), but shows minimal wear, and is still very presentable . The hardware, back-bracket and horn are all original "as-found". The horn shows typical signs of wear, small dings, scrapes, etc., but is not dented or mangled like many of them are. We rarely come across the large "No. 44" Flower Horn, as they were not commonly ordered at the time. The smaller flower horns are much more common, and we have a nice one with the small horn available now as well. The original Victor decal on the horn is worn, but still shows clearly. The hefty 3-spring motor (Victor's best at that time) is powerful and will provide years of reliable service. We also performed a complete mechanical rebuild of the motor and soundbox. This one will hold its own anywhere, and would be a stunning addition to any collection. The nickel plating on the hardware does show some light wear, but is 100% correct and original with the machine. This would be an excellent choice for someone who wants a full-size external horn model, without paying extra for an expensive wood horn (which adds well over $1000 to the price these days). It is a very strong performer, with plenty of volume to fill any room with sound. A most impressive piece.