Introduced in 1902, the Victor R or Victor Royal, was perhaps named in honor of Eldridge Johnson's friend Belford Royal.
The machine was capable of accepting a rigid arm, but is almost always seen as a front-mount. The Royal was never offered with a tapered tone arm.
The Royal was distinguished by its oxidized copper bedplate and support arm, a rarity in Victor design.
The pictures show a Concert reproducer, but an early Exhibition reproducer would also be proper. It is unusual to see the oxidized copper finish in as clean condition as in the examples below
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