Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Antique Gramophone~Music To Our Ears

Antique shopping has become one that my husband and I enjoy so while we were shopping at an Antique Shop last week, my hubby seen an Antique Wind-up Gramophone and said he wanted it and that he was getting it. I could truly see the excitement that he had for this item. So that's what came home with us.
Isn't it a beauty!

The doors in front open up to where the speakers are (yes, I should have taken a picture~Just thought about it this second).
It came with a couple of records though my husband seen a box a Willy Nelson records that he purchased too. Hey, Willie and Antique Gramophones go together~don't they??  :0)
 You wind this handle to make the turn-table spin and play.
My children think it is too cool!!
No cords~No electricity 

The paperwork that we got when we purchased the Wind-Up Gramophone shows that it was purchased from the hotel below in December 2006. We purchased it last week. I love to investigate an item if we can after we make a purchase to learn some of its history. It's also nice to imagine what all the antique item has gone through over the coarse of its life. Like, I wonder who sat here, or touched this, or listened to this or who used this like I did when we got the Antique Bed Warmer .That's so much fun for me to think about the history of each item.

Here are a few pictures of the hotel that the gramophone came from.

Fairfield Hotel, 83, The Promenade, Southport, Lancashire England

Entry Hall
Warm Welcome
Looks like a nice relaxing place to be.
Dining Hall
Love the window treatment
One of the Bedrooms
Love the window treatment in this room too, 
pure Victorian elegance.

Our new/old wind up Gramophone works like a charm. My husband will wind it up, set the needle in place and then the listening begins. Oh, how neat. We haven't tried Willie yet, should see if he plays too.
Love our new purchase. Now I just need to find a place in the music room for it.

From the Heart,

I'll be linking up at these great parties:
Common Ground  Vintage Inspiration
Southern Hospitality 
Wow Us Wednesday 

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful piece of history to have stumbled upon, and looks in extremely good shape - and works! It amazes me that people "knew how to do things" without electricity. I don't know that I want that "simpler time" now, but it would sure be cheaper on my pocket book ;) Thanks for sharing your wonderful find.


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