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 Post subject: Attic Find - Found in a Real Attic
PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:15 pm 
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I pulled this out of an attic, so it is literally an attic find!
I'll post before and after photos, if I live long enough to get to the after stage. Amazingly, the motor runs. The rest probably isn't so bad under all the dirt and grime and oxidation, but the archeologist in me says "leave it alone!"

Mike


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 Post subject: Re: Attic Find - Found in a Real Attic
PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:22 pm 
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Victor V
I've got both kinds of music--classical & rag-time.
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That's a real phonograph & a half. Great way to kick off 2020.


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 Post subject: Re: Attic Find - Found in a Real Attic
PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:24 pm 
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Victor IV
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Nice find! The conservator in me says it can be sympathetically cleaned / preserved without losing its history, and without restoration.


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 Post subject: Re: Attic Find - Found in a Real Attic
PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:58 pm 
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Victor V
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I'd have to agree with Rene.
It actually looks pretty good, with very little paint loss on the bedplate and carriage, and even the signature decal and pin striping looks great.
I think once the layer of dirt comes off you'll find a nice original finish underneath.
The most time consuming part will be removing the surface rust from the nickelled and steel components, but even the surface rust looks pretty mild and should be an easy enough fix.
Good luck with the restoration!


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 Post subject: Re: Attic Find - Found in a Real Attic
PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 1:06 am 
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Victor I
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I see the last patent date is May 1906. With no end gate, 4/2 minute gearing and the Triton motor, it must be an early Model C circa 1908?


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 Post subject: Re: Attic Find - Found in a Real Attic
PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 1:22 am 
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Governor Flyball wrote:
I see the last patent date is May 1906. With no end gate, 4/2 minute gearing and the Triton motor, it must be an early Model C circa 1908?


Triumph Model D.

It has the interesting pull-out carriage lift that my other Triumph D has. I can already see that the mandrel bearing is swollen and frozen, which isn't a surprise. Also someone put nuts on the winding shaft, presumably to wind it with a wrench as the crank is missing. Also no lid. I'll post more pictures as soon as I clean the dirt off. We'll see how it looks underneath!

Mike


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 Post subject: Re: Attic Find - Found in a Real Attic
PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:07 am 
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Where is there still an attic with stuff like this in it?
"The phonograph† is not of any commercial value."
Thomas Alva Edison - Comment to his assistant, Samuel Insull.

"No one needs a Victrola XX, a Perfected Graphophone Type G, or whatever you call those noisy things."
My Wife


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 Post subject: Re: Attic Find - Found in a Real Attic
PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:17 am 
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Governor Flyball wrote:
I see the last patent date is May 1906. With no end gate, 4/2 minute gearing and the Triton motor, it must be an early Model C circa 1908?


It's a "D". You can see the letter "D" at the end of the serial number.

Wonderful find and should clean up nicely.


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 Post subject: Re: Attic Find - Found in a Real Attic
PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:21 am 
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Very nice! :D And worth restoring!edisonplayer


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 Post subject: Re: Attic Find - Found in a Real Attic
PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:27 pm 
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Even archeologists dust off the bones.. :) I agree with what others have said-- Clean it- The bedplate looks like it is quite nice, as does the case. Should be a beautiful machine when it's brought back to life. It's fun finding things 'in the wild' !!

Brad Abell


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