Recorded in England. Pressed in Berlin (on example L215). Not listed in Rust [R] nor Sutton [S], no doubt because the Universal label is neither American nor jazz related. There is a U iversal label listed by Longwell [L] but it is too modern to be linked to the examples shown.
The first example shown perhaps gives some indication of the origin of the Universal label. We know that Rexophone (qv) was recorded in England and pressed in Berlin, and tht the label ceased around 1917. Perhaps the compnaay releasing theUniversal label took over from J.E.Hough Ltd who produced the Rexophone label, and sold remaining Rexophone stock with a paste-on label which ‘introduced' the their new Universal label. Just a thought.
Note that there was a Universal Talking Machine Company in the USA producing the Zon-O-Phone (qv) label (which was taken over by Victor (qv) in 1905).
Records in collection:.
L004 sc3 UNIVERSAL
L215 c3 UNIVERSAL
DOUBLE DISC Recorded in England. Pressed in Berlin.