Phonograph “Edison Idelia”

    Phonograph “Edison Idelia”

    USA, Orange, New Jersey


    National Phonograph Company

    Cast iron, steel, brass, Wood (mahogany), rubber; casting, decalcomania, varnishing, turning, electroplating, oxidation

    47 х 33 х 36 cm, 25 kg

    On the sound box: "MODEL - C", "REPRODUCER", "LICENSED FOR USE ONLY ON EDISON PHONOGRAPHS SOLD BY NAT'L. PHONO.CO ". On the lid: "EDISON HOME PHONOGRAPH", the trade mark on the polished nameplate: "TRADE MARK THOMAS A EDISON", on the label: "MANUFECTURED UNDER THE PATENTS OF THOMAS EDISON, et als, at ORANGE NJUSA", patents, serial number 65844, Patent restrictions.

    "Edison Idelia Phonograph" is a phonograph of de luxe class, restricted number of them was produced during the period of 1907-1911. They were designed for recording and reproduction of sounds. Wax rollers, sounding for 2 minutes, and Edison Amberol rollers, sounding for 4 minutes were used as sound storage devices. Unlike other models, its elegant polished case and lid are made of precious wood and decorated with decorative details. There are shaped cast handles for carrying on the lateral sides. This model stands out by completely unusual decoration of the movement - almost all metal parts are covered with a shiny layer of red copper with oxidized areas of dark color of irregular shape. The main nodes of the mechanism are: a spring motor, a carriage assembly with a reproducing sound box and an shaver for previous recordings, a shaft with a cylinder carrying the sound roller, and a lead screw moving the carriage along the roller. When the mechanism is turned on, the roller with the recording starts to rotate, the needle of the sound box is lowered into the groove on the roller and transmits vibrations to the membrane, which converts them into the sound. A large metal horn in the form of a flower with twelve petals reinforces the sound manifold. The horn is supported by a special bracket. In the right side of the case there is a socket for the crank.

    Music storage : 2-minute wax rollers and 4-minute rollers "Edison Amberol".