Near Mint 1901 Edison "branded Case" Gem Cylinder Phonograph W/original 18" Horn
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Near Mint 1901 Edison "branded Case" Gem Cylinder Phonograph W/original 18" Horn:
Make sure to check out all of my sales after you've looked at this one. I've got another great group of listings running this week, and I suspect there will be something of interest to almost everyone.
Now, here's a special piece.You're looking at an Edison "Branded Case" Gem A cylinder phonograph whose condition is almost like new. It features an original 18" all brass hanging horn and an early Gem Speaker reproducer, known also as the Gem Automatic. Manufactured in 1900 and 1901, it was the first Gem phonograph to be sold with a cabinet (the earliest Gem phonographs, known as "drip pan" sets, were caseless). Unlike later Gems, whose lids were adorned with a decal (first a "banner" type decal and later a decal of the "Edison" signature), the lids of the first cased Gem A's were branded with whimsical decorations that were somewhat out of character with the otherwise all-business nature of the Edison brand.As you can see in the photographs, this early and very collectable Gem is in excellent to near mint condition throughout. The cabinet is beautiful, with branded decorations that stand out in stark contrast to the antique oak finish. The decorations are not blurred or otherwise compromised, and the branding is evenly applied across the face of the lid. No veneer damage on any side, and the spring clips on the side of the cabinet are still resilient and still lock down on the metal base.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. The winding key and crane are only the replacement parts on the entire phonograph. Everything else is factory original.The hard-to-find Gem Speaker reproducer is complete and in excellent condition, like the rest of the phonograph. Good sapphire stylus, good diaphragm, no damage or issues anywhere. Bear in mind that the Gem Speaker was among the most primitive reproducers that Edison ever made, so if you're searching for sonic excellence, you should look elsewhere. The reproducer's output is loud and coarse. You can make out the tune, but the nuance is typically lost in a cacophony of extraneous noises.The 18" cone horn is original and in outstanding condition. Beautiful patina, undamaged hanger, angled nozzle, very few dings and no dents or other damage. A really nice horn, and it's in remarkable shape considering its age (almost 115 years old).Mechanism is in good shape, and the machine plays an entire cylinder throughout without the need for re-winding. I'll include with the phonograph 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.