Gramophone “Klingsor” with sound box and winding crank

    Gramophone “Klingsor” with sound box and winding crank

    Germany, Hanau. Great Britain (the case)

    Circa 1920

    Klingsorwerke - Krebs & Klenk

    Wood (oak, spruce), steel, brass, mica, aluminum alloy, cloth; mechanical works, carpentry works, open-work carving, nickel plating, varnishing, painting, decalcomania

    75.5 x 38.5 x 36.5 cm, 15 kg

    On the front panel: “Klingsor/English Patent”, on the sound box: “KLINGSOR/D.R. Patent"


    Vertical oak case is mounted on a high narrow socle merging into the legs on the front side. The case front side is vertically divided into two parts. The upper part is closed with a door with circular knob. An arched panel with circular openwork window decorated with the image of a lyre is inserted in the door. A soundboard with circular window that gives access to the inner horn sound is behind the door. A V-shaped nut, on which vertically stretched strings rest, is beneath the window. Thirty-six pins that serve to stretch the strings are on the soundboard bottom part. An ornament comprised of small flowers, realized in the decalcomania technique is along the soundboard perimeter. The goldish color inscription "Klingsor/English Patent" is in the spacing between the patterns. The player mechanism is mounted in the case protruding forward part. Wooden load-carrying panel is inside the recess, closed by a sloping door with circular cast knob. Motor shaft is emerging through an aperture in the panel center. The crank winds the motor spring. A turntable covered with green felt is mounted on the shaft. A gramophone record is placed on it. Brass cups for gramophone needles are fixed in the front corners. New needles are in the right cap, the used ones are in the left cap. A hinge duct stub, in which the tone-arm rotates, is fixed to the case rear panel inner surface. The horn narrow end enters the duct stub. The tone-arm external end is connected to the sound box. Mica diaphragm is fixed to the flat cylindrical case, with the cantilever foot fixed in the center The lever itself is screwed to the case. Circular winding crank nest is on the case front side. It is, framed by metal bolster; a pull-out activating lever and the turntable knurled speed-regulating governor crank are on the left side. A sound box and crank are in the set.