Vintage Portable 78 rpm wind-up record player, circa 1940s-1950s.
About 11" x 2 3/8" x 4 7/8" (when lid is secured). Highest quality portable player. With wooden handled crank, speed adjustment lever, leather handle, etc.
Excellent condition. Parts show moderate use and wear throughout. Moscow maker label on the inside with manufacturer's initials also impressed on the lid. Clear Moscow factory markings on bakelite head on the tone arm. Everything folds up nicely for storage and transport inside the case.
Once wound up with the crank, the turntable spins quite satisfactorily. We note that there is a spring inside the arm to help offset the weight of the head on the surface of the record - which is important since some Soviet players do not seem to have such a spring. By trying our 33 1/3 rpm recording of "Red Moscow", we were able to establish that the player does work and has a nice volume - although the orchestra players sounded like they needed to cut back on the caffeine. (A record is not included with the player.)
The original owner probably used a couple of rolled up cotton handkerchiefs or even crumpled paper to keep the arm and the crank from rattling around on the inside of the case when the lid was fastened in place. The chrome knob that secures the lid serves to securely hold the record down on the mini-turntable.
Nice example of a probably very "high end" record player used by Soviet citizens - both soldiers and civilians.