Discover Vintage America - FEBRUARY 2015
1920s Victrola was last of the hand-cranked models
Q: I inherited an old Victor Victrola record player and was wondering if it has any value and if you might be able to tell me a little about it. I also have several boxes of records to play on it. Recently I purchased a big bunch of replacements needles for it. The Victrola is in excellent condition on the outside and plays like it were new.
A: This is a beautiful "Granada" Victrola, which was first sold in 1925. I love the cabinet style of Victrolas and sewing machines because you get a two-for-one deal – function and furniture.
Based on the serial number, your piece was made in 1926 and it was with the 39000 serial numbers that the Victor Co. introduced the folding horn or arm that is placed on the record.
From the photograph I was unable to see that behind the center door there is a cloth-covered grille.
I was also not able to see the hand crank that is on the side of the cabinet. This was one of the last of the crank machines; by the mid-1920s electrical amplification and radios began to come on to the market. Their superior sound quality and volume soon made the crank machines obsolete.
Your Granada Victrola in the condition you described would sell for $300-$400 and if you threw in all the acetate records this would add another $75-$100.
Note: All prices given are for sale in a private sale, antique shop or other resale outlet. Price is also dependent upon the geographic area in which you are selling. Auction value, selling to a dealer or pawnshop prices are about half or less of resale value.
Michelle Staley is a Lenexa, KS-based dealer and researcher with 35 years of experience in the antique trade. Send questions with photos to Michelle to email@example.com. Please keep queries to one question; questions without photos of the item may not be answered. Michelle is also available for consulting and extensive research work beyond this column. If you would like an appraisal on an antique or collectible please go to www.michelleknowsantiques.com for a one-on-one appraisal.