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Re: Harper’s Volta? Electric shock

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:54 pm
by pennymachines
OK - so using our Archives/Patent search I've found the New Polyphon Supply Company's 1902 patent GB190207860

This is clearly our machine. Helpfully, it even shows a nice little shaped pediment on top, not unlike the EH example. New Polyphon were located at 2 Newman Street, London, but more significantly, co-patentee Karl Schmidt (Mechanic) had an address at 86 Fairbridge Road, Upper Holloway, London, N., less than one and a half miles from Harper's.

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Another shocker on page 150 of Automatic Pleasures is the not entirely dissimilar circa 1905 Electron, also by New Polyphon Supply.

Re: New Polyphon Supply shocker identified

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:17 pm
by 13rebel
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Re: New Polyphon Supply shocker identified

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:20 pm
by JC
This is all wonderful, but not helping me much....... I was the under bidder and I wish I'd bid a little bit higher. :#:

Re: New Polyphon Supply shocker identified

Posted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:47 am
by john t peterson
I am pleased by not shocked by this erudite investigation. Well done, Chaps.

J Peterson
:zapa: in America

Re: New Polyphon Supply shocker identified

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:32 pm
by treefrog
Nice one Mr Pm...... !!THUMBSX2!! Little Black Country boy ;-)

Re: New Polyphon Supply shocker identified

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 12:07 am
by dickywink
Excuse my Investigative behaviour ....
But is the one posted by Paul and the one posted by PM from EH action exactly the same machine but with a bit of timber added on top?

It seems to me that the wood grains and markings are exactly the same. :D

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Evenin' All,
Detective Inspector Dicky Wink

Re: New Polyphon Supply shocker identified

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:49 am
by pennymachines
Well spotted. Was the pediment your handiwork, Paul? It certainly looks the part.

Re: New Polyphon Supply shocker identified

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:03 pm
by paul
Hi all.
The coin entry I made, also the cashbox door. The top pediment was with the machine. The pictures were taken as I was assembling and waxing the cabinet. The machine was bought in Shropshire a few years ago in original condition. That's all I know of it.

Re: New Polyphon Supply shocker identified

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:23 am
by pennymachines
Ah, thanks. Mystery solved. I see from the light mark, and screw holes on the wood around it, that the coin slot was originally the same shape as the ebay example.