Harvard Type 3A
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Harvard was Sears, Roebuck's house brand. This fancy model 3A, which sold for $12.50, was available in the Sears catalogue from 1906-1908. For more information on department store machines, see our article Mail Order Mysteries.
The 3A Harvard was built of Standard Columbia components such as the motor and long throat reproducer. The tone and support arms had the Harvard name badge embossed into the scrollwork. Larger image
The Harvard 3A talking machine was housed in a cabinet unique to the model. Larger image
It's not apparent in this photograph, but versions have appeared with a long, skinny horn. Larger image
Though the design and proportions of the cabinet would suggest a more substantial motor, the the 3A was issued with a standard Columbia single spring apparatus. Larger image
Side view of the Harvard. Larger image
Oxidized copper handle was a nice finishing touch to the cabinet. Larger image