VV-XVI Serial Number 142715 Type H American Walnut Finish
Build Date: April, 1917
Originality: 1- Totally original finish and hardware, some hardware correctly replated in true gold
Overall Condition: 2+ Absolutely beautiful, one of the best we've ever seen
(See the Ratings/Condition page for our grading scales)
The VV-XVI was Victor's "Flagship" Victrola model, large in size and impressive in design. With Victor's best 4-spring motor, gold plated trim and hand-carved corner posts, these machines are imposing, and can dominate a good-sized room. Nearly 200,000 XVI's were made during the long model run from 1906 through 1921, so it is not considered a rare model unless it has an unusual finish. Type H" versions of this model, produced in the mid-'teens, have quite a bit of detailed carvings and very heavy lids and doors. The vast majority of these machines were produced in mahogany, with oak running a distant second. However, this machine has the rare American Walnut finish, which was an expensive $50.00 extra-cost option when new, giving this machine a monstrous $250.00 price tag (which equates to $4,500.00 in today's money!). As a result, American Walnut is estimated to have been ordered on far less than 5% of the XVI's total production. Not only does it have this special and gorgeous figured finish, it is in absolutely fantastic original condition. No mentionable damage anywhere, with a 100% original, untouched finish. No crazing or "alligatoring". Still shines nicely, and works flawlessly. The hand carvings are perfect, and the machine is completely correct, down to each screw and washer. The top of the lid is outstanding, with none of the usual scratches and water marks. Therefore, this represents an exceptional value for someone who wants and authentic, rare and beautiful walnut Victrola in their collection. Some (not all) of the hardware, which had minor pitting when we got the machine, which has now been correctly replated in gold, making this a stunning example. Original turntable felt! It is really unusual to find one of these high-end machines in totally original and excellent condition, especially true in the American Walnut finish.
This would be well-suited in a large room, and would fit-in with a variety of decors. As with all our phonographs, the motor, soundbox and all mechanical components are torn down, cleaned and correctly rebuilt (by us). It comes with our 2 year unconditional performance warranty.