DECCA 50 DS (RSG 074)

  • Made in England
  • Produced in 1930s
  • Condition (In our opinion): 7/10
  • Item Code: RSG 074

Description

Decca is a relatively unique name amongst the gramophone manufacturers. The company was established in 1914 by Barnett Samuel and Sons when they started producing portable gramophones which were named Dulcephone and sold under the tradename ‘Decca’, and are said to be the first to patent portable gramophone. They innovated the technology and produced good quality sound devices in conveniently sized carry cases. The company was renamed to the Decca Gramophone Company in 1928. The company introduced sub companies such as Decca Record Company and Decca Radio and Television. It produced the revolutionary Decola gramophone and later introduced large screen projection televisions, as well. They are known to be taken by soldiers in WW1 and were conveniently carried for outdoor gatherings and events.

Presented here is the Decca 5 DS gramophone, which is considered to be a rare classic which was probably introduced in 1930s. It was windup suitcase type gramophone which came in a number of colors, the present item is off white and brown in color. It was a relatively simple machine with a reasonable sound with a Decca original sound box. The condition of the outer case is worn out which can be considered acceptable owing to its age; the cover is scratched and the wood is chipped. The interior of the casing is in a relatively better state as the metal elements and the windup mechanism is rust free.

Despite the aged exterior of the gramophone, it holds a unique collectors value due to its rarity.

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