Phonograph, model "Puck"

    Phonograph, model "Puck"



    George Carette & Co.

    Aluminium, cast iron, brass, steel; casting, lathing, colouring

    Cylinder diameter 5.5 cm


    Phonograph on metal cast base in the form of a lyre, standing on three legs, one of which is adjustable. The top surface of the black enamel base is coloured with golden paint. An engine with an open spring is fixed between two vertical polished boards and is winded with a key. The screw on the regulator rack adjusts the speed. A bracket with a drive cylinder for the wax roller is installed separately. An endless thread, closed by metal casing with a tensioning roller, transmits the rotation from the motor to the cylinder. The sound box is rigidly fixed on a conical aluminium horn that is pivotally mounted on a vertical stand. The rear part of the horn lies on the T-shaped stand near the roller in the non-working position; the stylus is lowered on the cylinder and follows the groove of the phonogram during playback, while the horn rotates on the hinge. Musical carrier: 2-minute wax cylinder, diameter 5,5 cm. This phonograph belongs to the lowest price category. Despite this fact, the sound of the device was highly appreciated by consumers. George Carette was born in Paris, later he moved to Germany, founded the company «George Carette & Co» in 1886 in Nuremberg. Initially, the firm was known as "Spielwaren-Industrie-Gesellschaft George Carette & Co" (Society for Toys Manufacturing, Georges Carette & Co.). It was as renamed to "George Carette & Co" in 1895. The company existed until 1917, when Caret, who remained a citizen of France, was expelled to his homeland. Its main activity was production of mechanical and electric toys and teaching aids for schools. In addition, the company produced simple original phonographs "Puck".