1905 Edison Gem Cylinder Phonograph * Near Mint & Working Perfectly * Gorgeous For Sale
Make sure to check out all of my sales after you've looked at this one. I'm listing an outstanding assortment of museum quality musical, medical, technological and mechanical antiques, and I suspect that there will be something of interest to almost everyone.
Now, here's an exceptional item.You're looking at an Edison Gem cylinder phonograph whose condition is almost like new. It's a Model B, manufactured between 1905 and 1908, and it was the first Gem phonograph to feature a permanent crank instead of a removeable winding key.As you can see in the photographs, the phonograph is in near mint condition throughout. Original japanned finish on the metal case is deep black and glossy, with a surface that's satiny smooth. Decorative gold pinstriping is factory original and close to perfect on all sides, with nearly flawless corners on the back, front and top. Edison signature on the vertical front casting is perfect. Plated parts still gleam; mandrel is still perfectly true. Crank is original and in excellent condition, and the crank handle is perfect. Cabinet is also in near mint original condition, with a smooth coat of factory shellac still intact, virtually no checking and virtually no finish wear. The wood exhibits a single blemish on the rear of the lid, near the top, where a small chip of veneer has flaked off. Otherwise, there is no damage, no distress -- just a beautiful lid and base.
The cabinet decal is factory original and, as you can see in the close-up photograph, it's almost flawless. Bright gold and black and super crisp, with no scarring. All four original feet are in excellent condition and still firmly secured to the underside of the base.The "C" reproducer is original and in near mint condition, like the rest of the phonograph. Good sapphire stylus, good diaphragm.
The 10" cone horn is a replica made by Ron Sitko. It's virtually identical to an original cone horn, except that it doesn't look like it was just pulled from the bottom of a lake. Clearly this phonograph was rarely used, and the evidence of that is borne out not just its appearance, but its performance. It sounds great. No wavering speed, and despite its relatively small spring motor, it easily plays through a cylinder with just a single winding. I'll include with the phonograph an ancient oil can and an early Gold Moulded Edison cylinder, and if you get tired of listening to it, there are plenty of other titles available on and elsewhere. The phonograph plays Columbia cylinders too, I should note, along with those made by Oxford, Lakeside, etc. In fact, any 2-minute cylinder can be played on this machine -- wax or celluloid. And if you're not already familiar with how to operate an early cylinder phonograph, don't worry. I'll provide you with set-up instructions so you can enjoy the machine shortly after it arrives.That's about it. I will carefully prep everything for shipping and pack everything carefully and properly. I've been shipping fragile antique phonographs and wireless sets for years, and I know how to get them to you safely. Buyer prepays and includes shipping. Paypal okay.
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