Object StatementGramophone and accessories, with records (4), hand wound, various materials, made by Berliner Gramophone Co, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America, 1893-1896
Physical DescriptionHand cranked gramophone with a wooden base, the base has four metal feet. Metal hand crank with a brown Bakelite handle linked to a triple pulley, this mechanism is set on a decorated painted metal stand. The hand crank is linked to the cast fly wheel via a black neoprene belt. The fly wheel turns the cast metal disc platter that is covered on the top with green felt. The platter is held out of playing position by a small rubber washer. A metal reproducer slips through a metal loop at the end of a wooden arm, to a leather elbow joint that holds the black and gold painted metal horn. The horn rest on a metal support at the other end of the wooden arm. This whole arm set-up slips into a hollow Bakelite stand via a pivoted metal prong on one end of the arm. The other end of the arm, with the reproducer, rests on a metal stand when the gramophone is not in use.
The gramophone is stored in a wooden box that has a hinged lid and two metal swing hook and eye locks at the front.
The instruction booklet is printed in black on white paper, stapled at the spine, 8 pages in English text. Title: 'BERLINER/Gramophone/Directions/For Assembling and Operating the seven-inch/Hand Gramophone'.
With the booklet is a small advertising leaflet printed on white paper, this has a sketch of a gramophone and product information: 'The Berliner/Gramophone'.
A handwritten label on white paper that is mounted on grey cardboard for the Berliner Gramophone, presumably made by the donor, Ralph Meyer.
There are four seven inch record discs made of black shellac in paper record covers, they are all recorded on one side only and have patent information impressed on them. 'The Friar of Orders Gray/By/G W Broderick' has a white paper record cover. 'Saxophone & Clarinet Duett/Polka Variata/Jean B H Moeremans/[Jacqbain Pouche}' has a green record cover. 'Canadian Medley March/By The Members Of/Sousa's Band' has a green record cover. 'Kentucky Babe/Sung By/Haydn Quartette' also has a green cover.
MarksMakers plate on gramophone: BERLINER/GRAMOPHONE/CO/PHILADELPHIA, PA.Impressed on record discs other than title and performer: E. BERLINER'S/GRAMOPHONE/Patened Nov, 8. 1887/May 15, 1888 - May 6. 1890/Feb'y. 19. 1895 - Oct 29. 1895/OTHER PATENTS APPLIED FOR.