I have came across an Edison phonograph S19. The metal plate says S19 M 79664. I want to know the year and approximate value. I have pictures and a video of it playing one of the many records that came with it. I'm not sure how to attach them to my post. Any information would be helpful.
Post by lucius1958 on Jul 31, 2019 20:59:55 GMT -5
First off, the S-19 is not particularly rare as Edisons go; secondly, the market for the more common machines is a bit soft these days.
If yours is in "mint" condition, or expertly restored, I would suggest somewhere around $300; otherwise, $150-200 would be more likely to sell. (These are not hard and fast figures; but if you look for similar machines that have sold on Ebay, you can check out the winning bids to see what they finally went for). In the end, an item is "worth" whatever a buyer is willing to pay for it.
As for dating the phonograph, unfortunately precise manufacturing & sales data is hard to come by with Diamond Disc machines. The S-19 was introduced in 1919, and manufactured until at least 1927; so that leaves a rather wide field to search in. On The Talking Machine Forum, some members have been collecting input from other collectors on serial number ranges for other models; although nobody has yet done anything about this model.
As for photos, I believe you will find a tab on the submission page that says "Attachments". Click on that, and choose the file(s) from your folders to add to your post. Videos (unless you have a link to a sharing site such as YouTube, etc.) may take longer to load. (Your Mileage May Vary)
I hope this information has been of some help to you: enjoy your Phonograph!