This version of the Victor II dates between 1905-1909. It's the earlier, most collectible version of the Victor II, in a fancy case with striped columns down the sides. Collectors like to call it the Humpback Two because of the jutting carved wooden hump in the rear of the case which supports the back bracket, a design unique among Victor machines.
I've done quite a bit of mechanical work on this machine to restore it to a way that will make you happy. I have pulled, cleaned and regreased the mainspring, a big job, but important for smooth running. I have cleaned and polished the governor shaft to make the motor responsive, and re-centered the governor collar to eliminate an annoying squeak while the machine plays. I also rebuilt the reproducer for maximum sound.There is a characteristic rumble to these early motors which is not discernible over the record.
The case is quite clean with very nice original golden oak finish. There are one or two invisible flakes on the base molding. There's an old glue line where someone reglued a crack in the hump, visible only from the inside. The back bracket retains decent original paint and decal, with just a bit of corrosion (see images).
The blue horn is quite unusual, a Victor accessory horn approximately 22 inches long with a 21.5 inch bell. The horn wasn't made by Victor, but it was made for a Victor, as evidenced by the way the small end of the horn is tapered to snug into a Victor elbow. The blue interior of the horn is quite decent with only a few spots of wear; the exterior of the horn has some corrosion as you often find when the horn was set down on a flat surface and only the exterior of the horn was exposed to the elements.
The Victor II is a favorite of record collectors, reasonably priced, manufactured with Victor quality, and with a mainspring large enough to play comfortably through a single record.
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