cabinet for electrodynamic loudspeaker
The cabinet is
made of solid oak wood, partly veneered, with blackened wooden
ornaments. The design of the cabinet is clearly linked to music.
It has the shape of a string instrument and the loudspeaker
grille is formed by seven stylised wooden organ pipes.
"Philomela" is the name of an organ stop. In the Greek myth,
Philomela, princess of Athens, was raped by Tereus, husband of
her sister Procne. The gods changed Philomela into a
The cabinet was
probably made in the Netherlands by Van Houten & Co., Hooidrift
167-169, Rotterdam, and could be fitted with a
Baker Selhurst moving coil speaker According to an ad, other speakers could also be built
in. Advertisements show the cabinet without front and side panels.
The panels are original and were probably added in later
versions to give more
The speaker itself was missing.Currently, a
well-fitting 30 cm (12 inch) BTH Rice-Kellogg electrodynamic
loudspeaker from around 1928 is installed.
The loudspeaker cabinet must have been intended for a
large space, like a theatre, a ballroom or a pub.
On a plate under the speaker grill is the text
"W. Wittkampf, Zutphen".Willem
Wittkampf sr was a descendant of the well-known Schiedam genever
family. He owned a garage and an organ company in Zutphen, at
Nieuwstad 59-61 and Basseroord (then Baggeroord) 11-13.He was the father of writer and journalist Willem