This little phonograph is a real gem! Made by the German National Band company during the 1920's, it was in competition with Bing, the largest manufacturer of toys in Germany at the time. Bing also made a small portable phonograph similar to this one, and it was so popular that they made more than half a dozen different models, and because of that, they are seen in the market more often than this National Band model. What is unique and upscale about this phonograph is that it has no horn; the sound travels from the reproducer down and out of the opening in the side of the machine. Also, it has a beautiful faux leather finish and the leather carry handle, and tiny little feet on the bottom side. The original stamped label has the company logo at the top and reads "National Band" "Toy Portable", No. 5009, "Interchangeable Spring Guaranteed to Play all 6" Records, followed by "Made in Germany" It also comes with it's original box. Everything is in near mint condition and the mechanism works just fine; assembly and operation is fairly simple as you can see from the photos. The period record is also included. Just to give you an idea of the size, the box measures 6 3/4" square and is 3" in height, of course when set up it will be a little larger, mostly in height. This is a very special little phonograph and one that will really stand out in your collection!
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