condition: excellent make / manufacturer: Victor Victrola model name / number: VV-XVI
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VICTOR VICTROLA TALKING MACHINE VV-XVI, for Sale. Victoria is in original condition and in working perfectly working order. Minor surface scratches. See pictures for detail. Gold plated accessories. Free local pickup. As is and no returns.
Vintage Victor Victrola Talking Machine VV-XVI in excellent working condition for sale. This is with Flat lid and gold hardware. This Victrola is collectors delight, very rare found due to limited production and considered as high value. See victrola history below for more details. Please feel free to write if you have any questions. Local pickup is free. Buyer is responsible for shipping arrangements, If you need this to be shipped and do not ask me to ship or price quotes. Happy Bidding !!
The "VV-XVI" was the original internal-horn Victrola; officially introduced in 1906, it remained the Victrola flagship model for many years. Although it was originally advertised as "Victrola the Sixteenth" (XVI), the metal identification tag used a "VTLA" designation in the early years. This was the first commercial product to enclose the horn inside a stylish cabinet. Selling for a whopping $200.00, it became an immediate hit.
At introduction, a standard production design had been settled on, which is understandably called the "Pooley" model (left). Early VTLA's were made for Victor by the Pooley Furniture Company of Philadelphia (using Victor's patented cabinet design and the mechanism from the external-horn Victor 6), but production was gradually transferred to Victor's growing woodworking facilities. The cabinet had an unusual curved top section, "L" shaped storage doors and a flat lid. Several minor hardware changes were made as production ramped-up. The flat-lid cabinet design (see History of the Victrola) made access to the turntable rather difficult. During the very early months of development, Victor experimented with several different cabinet designs, including a cabinet called the "Mertz", which had a very boxy look, but retained the flat-lid. The Mertz design is considered one of several early prototypes, and was never put into production. It is unclear as to the serial number of the first true production-version VTLA; serialization began at 501 for all models released after 1909, but the "starting point" for VTLA serialization is still not certain, since its release was several years earlier. A prototype VTLA (Mertz design) has turned up with serial number 499. As additional examples are discovered, it is likely that earlier production machines will be discovered.
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