> There was a time when words were used beautifully. These glorious insults are from an era when cleverness with words was still valued, before a great portion of the English language was boiled down to four-letter words! > > The exchange between Churchill and Lady Astor:
She said, "If you were my husband, I'd give you poison," and he said, "If you were my wife, I'd take > it."
All I can say is that Edison Bell introduced the Electron Record label shortly after they started recording electrically in July 1926, and it was discontinued in Dec 1930, so the machine would date from somewhere during that time I guess. I haven't seen this model before, but it appears to be missing it's feet.
From the pictures, it’s a nice-looking machine, although I wonder about the seller’s information:
This cabinet as far as the information I have looked up on the internet was made in France and was sold way back then for $1000 to the very rich. The expert in America also said it may have had at one point “Louis XIV” type legs.
Does anyone know how accurate this is?
Is it worth the £165.00 for which it sold, without legs?
I think £165 was a reasonable price for it. I'm sure it would have got a lot more with the legs though. Legs are easy enough to have made, and because they are not continuous from the main body of the cabinet, a good match to the original finish would be achievable. I guess the biggest problem would be finding another machine to get an accurate pattern from. I doubt there's very many of these floating around.
I have my doubts about it being a french made cabinet, and the original price tag, but I've been wrong many times before :-) English cabinet makers could produce some very high quality work, and often imitated French 'style' furniture. You'd really have to examine the machine in person to see what woods were used for the carcase, and whether the construction methods were english or french. The original price seems a little extravagant to me. The biggest mahogany HMV re-entrant (203) was only about £75 in the UK at the same time, so this Edison Bell would have been approx £500- six times the price! Even if the cabinet was imported from France, I could understand it being double or maybe even triple the price, but not 6 times.