Victrola phonograph dating

In 1902, the company introduced the Royal for .00.Shown is an early example whose data plate does not feature the dog which became part of company’s famous trademark.Here is sampling of common and rare machines that collectors look for.

Victrolas are usually found in mahogany finish; occasionally in oak.

A larger model such as this XVI is rarely seen with an oak finish.

4) Edison offered Disc Phonographs in upright cabinets as well.

Pictured here is a 1917 C-250 in rather uncommon oak.

6) Edison’s first Amberola model is known as the 1A. Three grille designs are known, of which this is the earliest.

7) The mechanism of the Edison Amberola 1A was painted maroon.

5) Edison didn’t abandon the cylinder record until 1929.

After 1915, all Edison Phonographs designed to play cylinders were called Amberolas, a name with the “-ola” ending obviously meant to capitalize on the popularity of Victor’s Victrola.

In the case of antique phonographs, I politely demur – sadly shaking my head and lamenting that there are scores of different models, and condition is all-important.

Plus, there are many, many phony phonographs out there, put together by basement handymen or by Asian factories.

Unlike other Edison cylinder-playing Phonographs, these early Amberolas (including the 1B and III) moved the cylinder record laterally beneath a stationary reproducer.

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