In order to compete with the onslaught of "talking machines", Regina very wisely decided to embrace the concept by combining them with music boxes, giving the purchaser the best of both worlds, so to speak. Some Reginaphones were adaptations of earlier music boxes; others (such as the "Lion's Head" model were ground-up designs, intended to incorporate the finest acoustics and aesthetics of the day. As with all Reginas, they were of sturdy and lasting construction. The phonograph components were made by Columbia and sometimes even marketed under the "Columbia Grafonola" nameplate. Reginaphones are prized by collectors around the world.
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REGINAPHONE STYLE 161 OAK DESK
A stunning Style 161 Reginaphone, housed in an oak desk cabinet, which when opened reveals a 20.75" short bed-plate music box and phonograph attachments, complete with an oak spear-tip horn. The desk has storage inside for the music box disks and phonograph components. This c.1908 piece is in museum-quality condition and is extremely rare; very few were made and this is the only known example in oak. #3305
REGINA STYLE 240 "LION'S HEAD" REGINAPHONE MUSIC BOX & PHONOGRAPH
A superb example of the combined quality and craftsmanship of the Herzog Art Furniture Company (makers of the cabinet), Columbia (phonograph parts) and Regina, who made the music box section and designed the spectacular inside-horn cabinet. It was marketed by Regina as their premier offering in the early 1900's when phonographs were rapidly pushing the music box makers to the brink of extinction.
Aficionados recognize the sound of the beautiful inside-horn machines as perhaps the best of all music boxes of this size. This particular example is no exception, with great sound to complement the beauty of the virtually flawless flame mahogany cabinet with it's original finish.
When only "THE BEST" will do, this is the one! #382