THE ENGLEWOOD MUSICALPHONE "PARLOR GRAND"
Englewood is a neighborhood in the Chicago area, and the Englewood
Company was in the mail-order business. A number of midwestern
firms found that selling by mail could reap great rewards -- chief
among them Sears, Roebuck of Chicago. Englewood machines were
manufactured by ever-reliable Columbia, and Englewood records were also
available (pressed by the International Record Company of Auburn, NY,
among others) under the monikers "The Nightingale" and "Golden Crown."
The Musicalphone is distinguished not only by its catchy name,
but also the fact that it was housed in a cabinet of stunning chestnut
Chestnut has largely disappeared as a material for home
furnishings, but back in the period 1890 - 1910 it was very popular as
an alternative to oak. In fact, many casual observers would identify
this cabinetry as oak. Because we are historians, not just "resellers."
we can offer you fascinating details that might otherwise go unnoticed.
Here you can appreciate the finespun beauty of the chestnut (with a
faint suggestion of cinnamon hue), in the original finish on the body
of the cabinet.
Art nouveau flourishes caress the sides of this eye-catching decal.
The variegated effect of subtle blue and rose intentionally
mimics the iridescence of mother-of-pearl. Just one more charming
element of this rare bird.
The original aluminum arms bear the ornate attribution of the
instrument. Aluminum was an ultra-modern material at the time --
strong, but lightweight.
After our careful restoration of the soundbox (needle head) the
Musicalphone produces bright, clear, crisp music. We are
frequently bewildered by "home handyman" efforts to patch up these
ancient instruments. Even so-called "knowledgeable" dealers make
the same silly and sometimes damaging mistakes over and over.
Another place where our 50 years of expertise proves invaluable is the
motor. We have discovered after long experience that ancient
Columbia mainsprings lose their structural integrity after more than
100 years. Therefore we always replace these mainsprings with
modern springs, made to the precise specifications of the originals.
This costly and involved level of restoration insures that our
clients have strong and reliable motors. Other dealers don't want
to spend the time or the money.
Beautiful chestnut cabinet, gorgeous original decal, fancy aluminum arms, smooth-running and powerful motor
, bright and clear soundbox -- our Musicalphone shines -- literally
Do you want to turn heads and please ears? The Musicalphone
is a splendid mirth-maker! And it's happiness that we all need.
This instrument is not only scarce and unusual -- it sounds GREAT!
We are happy to give you some fun and lively original 78 rpm
records with it.
Price: $1950.00 US, plus s/h
(NY State residents must
pay tax, if applicable).