For some time our curator has felt we needed a gramophone. After all, we have records and no way of playing them. The opportunity to acquire one came at a fete in our neighbouring parish of West Lavington.
The gramophone really has more West Lavington provenance than Market Lavington, for it was used, for many years, at West Lavington School. People who attended the school in the post war era can remember Miss Ross bringing out the old gramophone and playing records for country dancing. Miss Ross, as we know, was a Market Lavington lass, the daughter of the head gardener at Clyffe Hall. It was enough for us to claim the gramophone as something for our museum. The sellers made sure we got it, happy that it was going to a museum.
And here it is.
That’s a front view and we can see the vast but very light horn hiding the deck, tone arm and record.
This view shows it all.
Now a piece was missing and at the moment the right angle bend that the horn fits into is not the right piece and the horn doesn’t fit that well. But it is secure and the horn amplifies the sound.
The major problem is the mainspring which only allows about half a records worth of play. Someone needs to be on hand to give a few extra turns on the winding handle during play.
It doesn’t sound too bad.
This is an HMV gramophone.
We haven’t yet worked out just which model this was or what its rough date of manufacture was. Maybe a gramophone expert can advise us.
A broken elbow was acquired for this gramophone. Jim in Easterton repaired it and the gramophone now has its own elbow.
Wonderful comment from John, recalling the gramophone used in the playground for Maypole dancing.