Vernis Martin Decoration

Vernis Martin

The use of lacquer with painted decoration was known in China as early as 1000 B.C. and in Japan from at least the sixth century A.D. In the 16th and 17th centuries this Chinoiserie decoration became very popular throughout Europe and many cabinetmakers and decorators tried to imitate its deep and lusterous alure, mostly without success.

Four French brothers working circa 1730 in Paris finally developed a successful alternative when they perfected [...] Click here to continue reading.


United Talking Machine Co. – Symphony

The Symphony Phonography by the United Talking Machine Co.

Built between 1911 and 1914, the Symphony was just one of many Columbia-contract built machines. The horn is wood grained metal and the spindle is 1.5″ or United records only!


Brunswick Phonographs

Brunswick Phonographs

The Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company was nearly 75 years old when it entered the phonograph business in 1916. Very shortly after entering the phonograph market, Brunswick introduced a clever tone arm and sound box assembly which could be adapted to play all three styles of disc records on the market at that time (lateral, Edison, and Pathe). Brunswick, aided by its immense cabinet factory, quickly became the number two phonograph manufacturer in the United [...] Click here to continue reading.


Ralph Raby Collection – Provenance

The Ralph Raby Collection

Ralph Raby is a direct descendant of the Chicago retail shoe magnates George and Joseph Bullock. The Bullocks were typical upper-class Victorians, with a sophisticated eye for fine furniture, art and decorations who traveled extensively throughout Europe. The majority of the Raby collection was assembled by the brothers and their wives in the 1870′s and 1880′s.

Their travels and philosophy were described by Mr. Raby for a 1984 Chicago Tribune [...] Click here to continue reading.


Pianos – History

Pianos

The modern piano was invented circa 1709 by Bartolomeo Cristofori of Padua and Florence, Italy (1655 to 1731). A harpsichord maker, Cristofori replaced the string-plucking mechanism of his harpsichord with hammers, which allowed the player to adjust its volume by applying different degrees of force to the keys. He called his invention, ravicembalo col piano e forte “the harpsichord that plays soft and loud.” As the instrument grew more popular, the name was [...] Click here to continue reading.


Edison, Triumph Model B Phonograph

The Edison Triumph Model B Phonograph

The Edison Triumph Model “B” was introduced in July, 1906. The case was colored “antique oak” and was the first Triumph model to carry the “Edison” script identifier instead of the earlier banner identification.

The Triumph Model B was equipped with a locking lever gate fastener in lieu of the older swing arm locking bolt. The machine was a two minute model and came with a Model C [...] Click here to continue reading.


Edison, Standard Model B Phonograph

The Edison Standard Model B Phonograph

The Model B “Standard” had a production run from 1906 to 1908. It first Had a Banner decal in the front, but when they were all used up they switched to the simple “EDISON” script logo.

There are only a few differances between the Model A and Model B, the Model B has the speed control under the motor board and the case is taller then the Model [...] Click here to continue reading.


Edison, Standard Model A Phonograph

The Edison Standard Model A Phonograph

The Edison Standard Model A, was produced from 1901 to 1905. It came in a green oak case and could have added gearing to play both two and four minute cylinder records.


Edison, Home Model D Phonograph

The Edison Home Model D Phonograph

The Edison Home Model D phonograph was first introduced in 1908. It played both two and four minute cylinder phonograph records. This is the first model Home Phonograph that used the wide moulding on the base to give it a more “stocky” apperance. While the 14″ black and brass horn and the 11 panel Morning Glory horn were mostly sold with this Phonograph, the Cygnet Horn, #10, was [...] Click here to continue reading.


Edison, Home Model B Phonograph

The Edison Home Model B Phonograph

The Edison Home Model B phonographs were first introduced in October of 1905 and are marked on the from with the “Edison Home Phonograph” banner decal. They are two minute only machines, usually found with a Model C type reproducer. The oak models were available for 35.00, while the purchase of a mahogany model brought the price to 47.50, quite a large difference, which accounts for their rarity today.


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