1900 Eldridge R. Johnson Type C “Victor” Phonograph With Original Canvas Clad Travel Case


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The Type C “Victor” — introduced in 1900 — was machinist Eldridge Johnson’s first attempt at designing a phonograph that was not largely derivative of a Berliner Gramophone.

It was, as such, the birth of the Victor Talking Machine.

This early example of Johnson’s first “true” Victor is complete and working, and it has no replica or replacement parts. It comes with its original canvas-clad travel case, which is perhaps more uncommon than the phonograph itself.

There are scattered areas of nickel wear and pitting on the bedplate and turntable rim — all visible in the pictures. And of course the canvas case, though structurally sound and suitable for display, shows normal signs of age and wear and is not suitable for carrying around the phonograph.

Cabinet finish is clean and original, with no issues. Data plate is legible; traveling arm is clean and undamaged; support arm is clean; record clamp retains its original felt. Mechanism is original throughout and pristine.

Original horn; original leather horn elbow; original horn cradle; original record clamp; original Eldridge R. Johnson Concert reproducer.

A seminal phonograph. Runs well; needs nothing.


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