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Object ID 002510

Object Name Edison Home Phonograph Model C

Object Desc Wood and metal Edison Home Phonograph for 2 and 4 minute cylinder records. Has detachable crank at right side.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002151a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Phonograph


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 7, Shelf 22

Object Date

Start Year Range 1903

End Year Range 1910

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords music,cylinder phonographs,phonographs,Edison, Thomas,Thomas A. Edison, Inc.,Edison Phonograph Works,National Phonograph Works,

Title Edison Home Phonograph Model C

Description Rectangular wood and metal phonograph - missing lid, stand and horn. Base is oak wood. At front is decal in banner shape "Edison Home Phonograph". At right side of object is a crank handle (B) which is removable and a separate metal piece. Same metal piece at left side. On back is black painted piece of metal that extends upward - was used to hold a metal stand to support the horn. On top of phonograph there is a metal base plate painted black with gold accents. On left side under mandrel there is a plaque with patent information and Serial Number " H71904". The mouthpice has "Model C" on underside and on top where the horn attaches is text and a serial number "A11347". The interior parts still function when handle is turned, but the phonograph parts on top do not move.


Approx Collection Date

Height 10.5

Length 0

Width 20

Depth 11.5

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Width includes crank (B)

Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Edison Phonograph Works

Maker Details The Edison Speaking Phonograph Company was established on January 24, 1878, to exploit the new machine by exhibiting it. The Edison Phonograph Company was formed on October 8, 1887, to market Edison's machine.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2151a-b



Date JUN 17,2014

Summary fair

Assessor BN

Notes A: There is no lid, stand, or hood. Overall, surface wear and scratches on both metal and wood components. On front side of piece the decal is scratched and cracked. On left and right sides of object the metal components have minor tarnishing. On back side the metal component is scratched and worn on top close to box. On top side of object there are dust accretions. Wood is scratched and worn along edges. Cracks at upper and lower left corners. Metal components are tarnished small areas of rust. The metal cylinder toward the back of piece is tarnished at left but still shiny at right. On front metal components on top side the gold paint is worn and scratched. On plaque with manufacuter information there is a brown discoloration at upper right corner. B: Handle is tarnished with small spots of rust forming. Wood knob at end has minor wear from use.