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The 202 was introduced in 1928,  survived the HMV merger and was ultimately replaced by the 206 in 1938.  This particular model dates from the early part of the 202's production prior to the merger that formed EMI.   Features that identify this are the nickel plated hardware, the speed indicator arm that goes below the speed indicator dial, "square hole" lid catches and a stand off carrying handle.  Taking all this into consideration this particular gramophone was probably made between 1928 and 1931, hence circa 1929.  If the low serial no. of 4887 is anything to go by maybe it was 1928.

 

Very similar in appearance to the 201 the 202 had a more sophisticated horn system which came in two sections that were hinged together at the front, winding handle end of the case mimicking the 112A.  This arrangement allowed for a longer horn than the short stub of the 201.  When the lid is closed a connection with the tonearm and the horn causes the tonearm to lower into it's cavity for storage.  (Maybe I should photograph it sometime!)

c1928/1929

The 202

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Columbia 202 017

Facts:

Soundbox:    Columbia No. 15

Motor:           Garrard No. 50

Turntable:    10"

Autobrake:   Ref. unknown

Price:             £5. 5s. (5 guineas)                  

Columbia