1917 Victrola VV-XVI – American Walnut

1917 Victrola VV-XVI – American Walnut

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1917 Victrola VV-XVI – American Walnut

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SKU: 1917VVXVI159207
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1917 Victrola VV-XVI – American Walnut

Serial Number 159207

Restored in August 2021

The VV-XVI or “Victrola the Sixteenth” was the original internal-horn Victrola; introduced in 1906, it remained the company’s premiere model for nearly 15 years. The XVI created a sensation when it first appeared at dealer showrooms, as the ungainly phonograph horn was now hidden inside the cabinet rather than being mounted on top of the machine. “Tone Doors” in the front allowed the user to control the sound volume, and the lid could be closed to lower the noise emanating from the vibrating sound-box and motor. Storage for record albums was provided in the bottom portion of the cabinet. Priced at a whopping $200.00 (which equates to over $5,128 in 2021 money), it was intended for wealthy buyers who desired a ‘state of the art’ phonograph integrated into an elegant piece of furniture.

The XVI cabinet underwent several design iterations during its lifespan; by the early ‘teens, it became a top-seller for the company. Although it was always advertised as “Victrola the Sixteenth” (VV-XVI), the metal identification tag used a “VTLA” designation during the early years of production.  More than 206,000 XVI/VTLA/XX machines were produced between 1906 and 1921.

By the summer of 1909, the new Victrola XVI was selling at a tremendous pace and provided immense profit for the company. A new cabinet design was then introduced, which was larger than the previous model; the filigree trim was eliminated, and ornate hand-carved corner posts appeared. This update was also denoted by a “B” suffix after the serial number, and a change was made to the under-lid decal from “Victor-Victrola” to just “Victrola. Continuing improvements to the motor and hardware were made, and these changes were indicated by the inclusion of a “C” or “D” suffix. Approximately 47,000 of these machines were made between the summer of 1909 and the fall of 1912, when yet another updated cabinet was introduced.

Weight 165 kg
Dimensions 48 × 28 × 24 cm
Manufacturer

Victor Victrola

Model

XVI

Mfr Date

1918

Type

Upright

Wood Finish

American Walnut

Hardware Finish

Gold Plated

Reproducer

No. 2

Motor

4 Spring Nickel Plated

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