The Monarch Special was Victor's top of the line, most expensive machine. Victor's triple spring motor was placed in perhaps the most ornate cabinet of all American outside horn machines. Production was relatively limited (11,000 examples) making surviving machines scarce and desirable, a long time collectors' favorite.
The rear mount MS here probably dates to around 1905, and was sold for $50.
I didn't take apart and rebuild this MS, but it came out of an older collection, and there's some evidence that work was performed on it. The reproducer was rebuilt, and the motor is running nice and smooth, as you can hear in the mp3 file.
The cabinet looks like it was partially stripped down and or refinished at one time, to lighten up the golden oak finish. The decal work on the back bracket is quite nice, as is the nickel plating on the arm and elbow. The horn -- approximately 19 inches long with a 13.5 inch bell -- is in far, far better than average condition, with original paint and only the slightest hints of dimpling or creasing.
A machine like an MS by itself can distinguish a collection. If you are looking for just one representative outside horn machine of this era, it would also be hard to do better than an MS.
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