Originally Posted by Rocket Surgeon
You are the man! Thanks...a great post!
Now can/did you narrow down the model based on the "pouch" on the interior of the lid or the shape of the grip on the handle?
OK, here's the definitive answer from my Dad - it's a modified model 101B. The explanation is in two parts below.
"...[T]he life of the 101 was October 1925 to 1931.
The earliest 101 (no suffix) had the winding handle on the front, and needle tins in the lid.
The 101A was still front wound, but had the quadrant 'swing out'
needle receptacle on the front right edge of the cabinet.
The 101B appeared in mid-1927. The winding handle is as seen in the
film: angled on the right hand side.
Attached is an image of a 101B. It looks to me as though there a cut-out where the handle goes in in the film shot?
Haven't got time now to try and pull out another image from the DVD, which might be better.
In the model 101C, there was no cut-out and the handle went in through an escutcheon. Unfortunately the carrying handle is not visible: the 101B had a fairly conventional 'suitcase' type as you can see, while the 101C had a handle that you could press flat against the case; the 'Packawa' (Packaway) handle.
It can only be a 101B or a 101C, that's for sure. Will return to this vital matter tomorrow afternoon...
But I reckon it's probably a 101B. The dating is not known for all the sub-models; but the 101E & 101F are provisionally attributed to late 1928 or early 1929; so the 101C probably came in, shall we say, 'the first half of 1928'.
So the 101B must date between mid-1927 and mid-1928. (It's not a 101D
- that had a different lid catch!)
P.S. The models went up to 101N!"
"It's definitely a model 101B, & so pretty securely late 1927 to sometime in 28.
Because happily, there is another shot of it, from the other side of its case, when there is shooting, fire &c. at the flying wing.
Clear to see is the suitcase-type carrying handle and above all the cut-out for the winding handle & no escutcheon.
(There are actually other things that eliminate later models that we don't have to bother with... e.g. the handle stored in the lid & not on the motor boards &c., &c.)
What is terribly wrong, of course, is the sound-box. The correct type, the 'No.4' with mica diaphragm, as on the previous image I sent, has been replaced by a strange-looking one. It looked suspicious on the first shot: rather too thick, and not sitting quite vertically on the record... I have never seen a sound box of that sort.
So if your contact wants to acquire an accurate 'replica' of the Indiana Jones gramophone, he will have to find one of those strange sound boxes!
P.S. There are several 101's on eBay even as we speak..."