Victor Monarch

This is how they partied back in the day -- with elegance and style.  The Victor Monarch was introduced in 1901.  The company was quickly evolving -- growing, innovating, on its way to becoming a top dog in the talking machine market.  The Monarch rapidly went through a series of improvements that would culminate, in 1904-05 with the model transitioning to become known by the new name of "Victor III (Three)."  Older versions were updated and moved out the door.  At the time that this machine was made, it could have been purchased wiith either a "straight" horn, loosely known to collectors as a "front mount," or with Victor's state-of-the-art "tapering arm" (as seen here) that brought Victor to the forefront of the talking machine business.  However what really sets this instrument apart is the breath-taking flower horn -- literally a flower with flowers decorating it!

This floral fantasy was the creation of the Hawthorne & Sheble company, manufacturers of horns, cabinets and talking machine accessories.  H&S horns could be purchased by Victor owners to pep up their machines -- and boy does this honey add some pep!  Let us share with you the secret of it's remarkable appearance.  Our founder Tim has a Fine Arts degree and has been studying color, form and studio painting for over 30 years.  Tim's approach to this horn was no less serious than if it had been a Rembrandt -- because indeed these H&S horns are individual masterpieces in their own rights.  The company used aniline dyes to color the lacquer they used to create stunning translucent effects.  When exposed to light, the old fashioned dyes had a trendancy to fade.  The strength of this horn was its perfect state of preservatiuon, though it had faded in certain areas.  With his background in art restoration, Tim did not touch a single drop of paint stripper to this treasure.  He meticulously added translucent color to the faded areas, topping it off with refreshed gilt lines, to without exaggeration, coax back the absolutely original appearance of this eye-popping beauty.

And here is the perfectly intact H&S paper label still gracing the exterior, swimming in a crimson sea, tending toward magenta in hue.

Beautiful quarter-sawn oak, with good old-fashioned "egg and dart" molding.

You see original gold-and-blue filigree on the back-bracket.  We rebuilt and adjusted the original soundbox to produce clear, crisp music.  No other talking machine that you may find on the Web will produce our extraordinarily fine quality of music, because most sellers have no idea how to adjust these vintage instruments.  In fact, most sellers, in their ham-fisted efforts to "repair" these devices end up doing more harm than good.  To the left of the black bracket can be seen the holes that were employed by Victor when they equipped these Monarchs in the "front mounted" configuration, which was offered simultaneously.

The spotless brass motor. Quiet, strong and smooth.  We installed two new mainsprings to give you the power you need to reliably enjhoy your records.

We have succeeded in this restoration to our great satisfaction. Let YOUR satisfaction begin now. The Victor Monarch has classic good looks, plus it plays loud and clear! A charming addition to any room, and a melodious companion to the ear!  The opportunity to own a genuine Victor with a horn of this scintillating beauty comes rarely -- don't miss this one!

Price: $2450.00 US, plus s/h. New York State residents please add sales tax.


Telephone: 585-244-5546

US Post: Tim Fabrizio


               PO Box 747

               Henrietta, NY 14467 USA

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