Post by lucius1958 on Jan 26, 2020 22:22:00 GMT -5
George F. Paul (you can find him on the Talking Machine Forum) has a list of manufacturing dates for many Edison Phonographs.
By the serial number, I assume you have a Model A? (I have a late Model A from the end of 1904, with the serial number H120840). A few notes on the Model A:
The pre-1901 machines are known as "Suitcase" Homes, because of the latches holding the lid on: they will have a red-lettered decal on the lid. The "new style" models from 1901-05 have a restyled case, with the decal on the base: early examples still have the red-letter decal, which was soon replaced by the black letter banner.
If there is no evidence of a later "combination attachment" (these were fairly popular upgrades after 1908), then your machine is still 2 minute only. A combination attachment can be recognized by a little lever at the end of the carriage shaft, and/or a section of the upper pulley that moves in or out. Hope this has been helpful.
Last Edit: Jan 26, 2020 22:26:59 GMT -5 by lucius1958
Hi Lucius1958. Thanks for your response. Yes, I think it's a Model A. The decal is on the base, and not colored, just black lettering, albeit in a rather nice flourish. There is no combination attachment; it's only geared for 2-minute records. The base and lid are both in remarkably good condition. I may go over them with lemon oil, but other that that nothing more cosmetic.