Victor Talking Machine
Co.
Victor Victrola VXVIII
Mahogany Cabinet
Gold Plated Hardware
$3,500
Waves L.L.C.
40 W 25 St # 216
Showplace Antique Center
NY NY 10010
212-273-9616
hours 11 - 5 Wed - Sun
by appointment Mon & Tues


Circa 1916. This machine was the most elegant non-custom phonograph that Victor made when it was introduced
in 1915 This model had fancy hand carving, finely detailed veneer, and bowed front and side panels. Rare wood
finishes were available. Sales were very limited due to the cost of production (and selling price), and within a year,
the less expensive XVII replaced the XVIII as the premier production model. The Period Victrola series (custom
order only) was made available in 1917, and eventually became the true aristocrats of Victrolas. But in 1915, the
XVIII was the best standard model available. Due to their relative rarity and beauty, these machines are prized by
collectors today. The original 1915 selling price for a standard finished (oak or mahogany) XVIII was $300.00. An
estimated total of 3,408 hand-wound Victrola XVIII's were produced. Most documentation indicates that the XVIII
models were made only in 1915 and 1916; however some records show that XVIII's may have been available by
special order up until 1922. The price was discounted by $50.00 in late 1916 in order to clear back stocked
inventory.
The information below has been copied from
http://www.victor-victrola.com