Victor E with Flower Horn Serial Number 64529 SOLD! Gilbertsville, PA
Build Date: 1905
Originality: 1 Pure original condition, including turntable felt!
Overall Condition: 3- Great condition for a 100% original early machine, including horn. Slight crazing and minor wear.
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The Victor E was an early model first introduced by The Victor Talking Machine Co. in November, 1902. It was initially marketed as the "Monarch Jr.", and later became the Victor II when the Roman Numeral model designations were introduced. Like all external-horn Victor phonographs, the Victor E is considered very collectable. This particular example, in our opinion, is an exceptional find for several reasons. Firstly, it is a great original; no restoration work has been done excepting for mechanical overhaul of the motor and soundbox. The cabinet, horn and all hardware are all original with the machine. Secondly, the cabinet finish is 100% untouched with a wonderful patina. It has the original medium-size Victor flower horn with Japanned Black finish, and the horn still shines. While some of the black has worn in spots, considering this machine is 110 years old, it is far better than 95% of the horns we come across. None of the usual big dents and mangled panels. The original Victor decal looks outstanding, and the gold pinstriping is strong. When new, this Victor retailed for $25.00, equivalent to almost $650.00 in today's money.
The nickel-plated hardware is solid, but the bright finish has dulled slightly over time, and the nickel has worn-through in a few spots. As expected, the original turntable felt has some moth-holes and discoloration, but it would be a crime to replace it. We have left the machine completely original, as most collectors prefer an untouched machine. It performs remarkably well, with the original bevel-gear motor "hum", that is typical of these early models. This machine is truly for the buyer looking for a totally original early Victor Phonograph, and wants a exceptional example.