Victor II Serial Number 27576 with brass horn
Build Date: 1909???
Originality: 3 Extremely well executed restoration.
Overall Condition: 2- Very nice example all around
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Like all external-horn Victor phonographs, the Victor II is considered very "collectable", but is not an especially rare or unusual model to come across at auctions or other sales. However, demand for all external horn machines remains high, expectially if they are in exceptional condition. This particular example, in our opinion, is a very exceptional item for several reasons. It shows magnificently, and will be the spotlight in any room. A very good example of what was considered a "middle class" entertainmeny machine in the early years of the 20th century. It does not take-up a lot of space, yet really stands-out. Plus, the brass ring of the horn shines strongly.
This is the "second series" of the Victor II machine, with a larger cabinet and corner pillars, which were not present on the early versions.
We restored this machine in 2013, and it was sold to a collector who has since decided to retire and needs more room in his smaller home. So we bought it back from him. It is an exceptional restoration in all respects, including the nickel-plated hardware. It was restored using original materials and processes. It looks almost new, and runs perfectly. It has the original single spring motor, which must be wound for each record played.
The restored medium-size 14" diameter Victor brass horn goes perfectly with this machine. The brass shines brightly, and condition is great. A correct Victor decal is clearly visible on the horn.
This machine is truly for the buyer looking for a totally correct early Victor phonograph at a reasonable price, and wants something that will really stand-out in any room. It shows only the slightest signs of wear, and will provide many years of service.