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 Post subject: Small Georgian Style Boxed Phonograph No Makers Name
PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:30 pm 
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Victor Jr
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Hi

Here is a much smaller machine looking a little tatty I have not touched it, housed in a mahogany box has a winder. I would appreciate help with the maker of this example and is it worth having restored. I live in Yorkshire England.

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Martin


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 Post subject: Re: Small Georgian Style Boxed Phonograph No Makers Name
PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:52 pm 
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Victor O
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Hi Martin,

This is a German cylinder machine made by Excelsior of Cologne from around 1903. You can see their shield logo trademark on the side with the letters EWC (Excelsiorwerke Cöln). Hopefully you will also find 'EWC' on the reproducer. It's certainly worth restoring, I think they are nice smooth running machines. If you can get the moderator to move this to European machines you may get more advice. They generally have a spun aluminium horn.

Jamie


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 Post subject: Re: Small Georgian Style Boxed Phonograph No Makers Name
PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:31 pm 
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Interesting little machine. All I know about is that I like its looks. Neil


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 Post subject: Re: Small Georgian Style Boxed Phonograph No Makers Name
PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:05 pm 
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Excelsior was, at its time, one of the most important German manufacturers of both cheap phonographs and cylinder records.. Compared with similar short lived German cylinder machines, the Excelsior phonographs are usually relatively well made and, of course, worth being restored. They were often sold bundled with an assortment of cylinders looking like this one:


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