This Edison Disc Phonograph A-85 was featured in George Frow’s Book, The Edison Disc Phonographs.
"Only a few of these have been reported; from England (No. SM 931), Australia, New Zealand and Norway, possibly survivors from an order of February 1917 in quartered oak and wax finish at $33.00 for export. It is not explained how these were shipped, contrary to war restrictions in force at that time.
A special cabinet was prepared, similar in looks to the Amberola 30, but about twice as large, with the A-100 mechanism and horn installed. Particulars of other quantities are not known, but this model appeared briefly in machine catalogues. Though the cabinet is distinctly Amberola-like, it has no size relationship to any of that series."
BTW, the reproducer holding bracket on the inside of the lid does NOT belong to this phonograph.
The Edison A-85 was most probably made for export to Australasia. There are reports of about a dozen in Australia and perhaps half that in New Zealand. I am assuming the ones found in the USA and in the UK were brought from Australasia by collectors.
Serial numbers of known survivors. If you have one, please email me the serial number. Thanks.