Victor M "Monarch" Serial Number 44754 with Large Brass Horn
Build Date: 1906
Originality: 3 Cabinet restored. Horn and hardware are all original.
Overall Condition: 3 Cabinet is very nice; horn is very good, and shows the usual wear and dings. Some hardware shows minor wear.
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The Victor "M" was the predecessor to the popular Victor 3, and shared many of the same features. Produced from 1902 through 1906 (when the "Victor III" was introduced), it was a reasonably successful product, as it offered substantial performance at an affordable price. The oak cabinet is decorated with "roping" along the bottom and carved corner-pillars. It has a strong 2-spring motor and the "Exhibition" soundbox.
We restored the cabinet on this machine in 2012. It was then sold to a gentleman in Alabama, who has since experienced some serious health issues; we were offered the opportunity to buy his collection, and this is one of the machines that we got back. The cabinet still looks magnificent, with absolutely minimal wear. The large (18" diameter) horn is all original, and is very good condition, showing only minor dings and scrapes typically found on these fragile items. The brass has minor discoloration in a few places, but is not objectionable by any means. The original decal is present. Original nickel hardware is still good and presentable. We recently tore-down all the mechanics to assure that everything is functioning as it should. The "M" models are priced slightly higher than the equivalent "Victor III" models, since they are older (fewer were made) and are far more ornate than the later "III" series. No apologies are needed for this machine, it really is an impressive and gorgeous piece.
This would be a good choice for the collector who wants a good "upscale" external horn machine that looks good and runs well at a very reasonable price. It will stand-out in any parlor or office, and will run smoothly for years to come.