Victor III with Flower Horn Serial Number 23212
Build Date: Late 1907
Originality: 2 Cabinet has original finish. Was lightly overcoated with varnish many years ago. 100% untouched original horn.
Overall Condition: 3- Very nice throughout. Machine shows typical signs of wear and usage.
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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. Costing $40.00 new, this equates to about $1,000.00 in today's money. This machine has the optional "flower" style horn, which gives the machine a classic appearance.
This Victor was purchased at an estate sale in 2016. The cabinet of the machine has its original finish, but as was common back in the 1950's and 1960's, someone lightly "overcoated" it with varnish. This was done to maintain the original glossy look. The varnish is now showing some very light crazing, meaning that this overcoat job was done many years ago. The only way that this can be detected now is to remove the turntable or look inside the cabinet, where remnants of the overcoating process can be seen. However, the original stain and finish of the machine still shows clearly, with a beautiful "golden oak" color. The flower horn is a nice example with only a few small dings here and there, and the usual surface scratches on the original "Japan Black" paint. The original Victor decal is still in place on the horn, and in good shape. These big horns usually get pretty beat-up being stored for years in attics and basements, but this one was a survivor. There are no big dents or deformations which are commonly found on these horns. The original back-bracket shows wear, but the scroll decal is still visible in places. There is some wear to the nickel plating on the hardware, but it isn't bad at all, and the overall condition indicates that this machine was always well-treated. It is absolutely correct in all respects. The turntable felt has been replaced, as the original felt had totally disintegrated. This machine is exactly as purchased 112 years ago, and it sounds great! It is a remarkable performer and will be the center of attention of any room.