The Columbia 204 was the parallel machine to the HMV 97 , both being produced at the Hayes factory in Middlesex, the HMV 97 between 1933 and 1955 and the Columbia 204 between 1933 and 1952.
Like my HMV 97C this machine uses a 26590 motor. Apart from the Columbia badging the 204 was identical to the HMV 97 using the Columbia No.15a sound box for the most part that matched the 97's HMV No. 21. During the war years the cheaper Columbia 24 box was used at times (as on my example). I assume the HMV 97 was similarly equipped during the same period with the equivalent HMV No. 23 soundbox.
Dating is easy on this machine as it carries an ivorine plate showing model 204E and date code B/5 (1941) putting it into the early years of the war. The 204E was the last of the 204 range running from 1941 - 1952
Now no longer in my collection I've left the 204E details on for information purposes.
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Production Dates: 1933 - 1952
Soundbox: Columbia No. 15a ( Sometimes No. 24 in wartime)
Price: £3. 15s. 0d