RCA Victor dog memorabilia
RCA Victor dog memorabilia is composed of items relating to the RCA Victor record company’s trademark image of Nipper the dog, who served as the model for the painting His Master’s Voice.
Background and Description
Nipper the dog (1884-1895) was the model for a painting by Francis Barraud called His Master’s Voice, which pictured the dog looking into a gramophone horn.
This image has been used by several audio recording brands and devices, including the Victor Talking Machine Company, and RCA Victor.
RCA Victor was founded in 1901 under the name Victor Talking Machine Company. The company produced phonographs and phonograph records. RCA, or Radio Corporation of America became the parent company from 1929 onwards, and the rights to the His Master’s Voice Nipper trademark was passed to them.
The His Master’s Voice image has in modern times been appropriated for vast array of items, such as modern produced clothing, novelty mugs, tins, puzzles, keychains, crockery, stuffed toys etc. There is no end to the abundance of Nipper memorabilia available, as he has become a recognised and iconic figure in the history of the music industry.
However, RCA Victor dog memorabilia specifically focuses on products produced by the Victor Talking Machine Company and RCA Victor company with the His Master’s Voice image, such as original phonographs and records, advertising products, radios and televisions.
Collecting RCA Victor dog memorabilia
Collectors of RCA Victor dog memorabilia will concentrate on that company’s products. These include phonograph record players, vinyl records, record needle tins, microphones, as well as an abundance of advertising items such as counter display dog figurines, shop thermometers featuring the logo, metal advert plaques, cigarette cases, salt and pepper shakers, RCA Victor club member badges etc . RCA Victor adverts picturing the dog are also collectible.
The value of RCA Victor dog memorabilia can vary dependant on what each item is. A vintage phonograph will be much more valuable than a single record for example. The age of the item can also affect its value. The original vintage items are more interesting to collectors than items from later decades.
A 1930s RCA Victor Radio thermometer, for advertising purposes with the His Master’s Voice logo, sold for $569 on eBay. An RCA Victor Nipper display dog sold for $1,300 at auction.
Records can sell from $1-$80 or so, but these prices depend on the rarity and interest of each record more than the presence of the RCA Victor dog logo.
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