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Fall Sale!
Sale ends October 31.

 

APEX Super Five (1925)

ON SALE
until
October 31

APEX Super Five (1925)

This APEX three-dialer is from the 1925 model year. The cabinet was restored beautifully and is an attractive display piece. One interstage transformer had been replaced when I bought it (tests good). The other original interstage transformer has an open primary so will need to be replaced or bypassed with an RC circuit. Both original transformer cans are still installed, and I think small replacement transformers could be inserted in them. No tubes are included, but I do have them available if needed. 21"W x 10"H x 11"D; weighs 23 lbs.   Was $250.00, now $199.00. (1030235)

 

Atwater Kent 82 Cathedral (1931)

Atwater Kent 82 Cathedral (1931)

This classic large cathedral radio is from the early depression era. The gracefully peaked front, flanked with exotic zebra-wood veneer and twisted side pilasters, combined with the Gothic-style grille cut-outs and a brass escutcheon that mimics the upper arch, puts this firmly among collector favorite radios. It is an AC-powered seven-tube superhet covering the standard broadcast band. Like all the Atwater Kent cathedral radios, it is highly coveted by collectors. It has been restored inside and out, performs very well, needs a short wire antenna (included). A complete tuneup with all new capacitors, tubes and resistors checked and replaced as needed, was performed. The cabinet was expertly restored with nitro-cellulose lacquer and looks super; there are no veneer repairs. Grille cloth and knobs are original, speaker is original and in very good condition. Chassis is very clean and pics are available, just email me. Aux input cable was added so you can plug in an iPod, CD player, etc., and play audio through the radio. 90 day warranty applies. An excellent addition to any collection! 19"H x 16"W x 10"D.  $999.00. (1030257)

 

Dixie Five Battery Set (1926)

ON SALE
until
October 31

Dixie Five Battery Set (1926)

This Dixie Five three-dialer is from the 1926 model year. The cabinet was restored beautifully and is an attractive display piece. It was sold by American Wholesale Corp in Baltimore Maryland. Research reveals that it was made by Liberty Transformer Corp in Chicago, and was named the Liberty Five. I have a write up about the history of this Baltimore brand and will include it. The included cardboard label was loose when I bought it. It belongs in the center of the inside top, but I will leave it to the next owner to reattach. The award ribbon was inside the set so I assume it was awarded for this set; it is also included. A typical five-tube radio, there are two stages of RF amplification, a detector, and two stages of AF amplification. Has separate filament voltage control for each stage! All the rheostats test good. One interstage transformer had been replaced when I bought it (it tests good). The other original interstage transformer has an open primary so will need to be replaced, or use RC coupling instead. No tubes are included but I have them available. 28-1/2"W x 10-1/2"H x 12-1/2"D; weighs 30 lbs.   Was $250.00, now $199.00. (1030236)

 

Emerson AX-238 "Jewel Box" (1938)

ON SALE
until
October 31

Emerson AX-238 "Jewel Box" (1938)

This vintage and quite rare "Jewel Box" radio was designed by Ingraham and has been electronically and cosmetically restored. It works very well, and covers the broadcast (540-1700 KC) band. The finish is nearly perfect (new clear and toned lacquers) and displays very well, showing off the wonderful grain pattern! The toned lacquer is darker than shows in the pics, due to the flash. All veneer is tight with no problems and you would be hard pressed to find a nicer example. The only fault I am aware of is that the on-off switch (uses a rod so it turns on when opened) was missing when I bought it, and has been replaced with a switch on the volume control. 90 day warranty applies. This very nice and rare radio would be a great addition to any collection! 10"W x 6"H x 8-1/2"D; shipping weight is 10 pounds.  Was $399.00, now $249.00. (1030004)

 

Freshman Masterpiece 5F5 (1925)

ON SALE
until
October 31

Freshman Masterpiece 5F5 (1925)

This Freshman Masterpiece is from the 1925 model year. The cabinet was restored beautifully and is an attractive display piece. A typical five-tube radio, there are two stages of RF amplification, a detector, and two stages of AF. It has the original Utah horn speaker, and it tests good (reads 1100 ohms and clicks when a 9v battery is touched to the terminals). Both rheostats test good. The dial scales in the windows are still readable. Both original interstage transformers have open primaries so will need to be replaced, or you can use RC coupling. The tubes shown are for display only. I have good tubes available. 30"W x 9-1/2"H x 10-1/2"D; weighs 26 lbs.  Was $250.00, now $199.00. (1030234)

 

Philco 116X Console (1936)

ON SALE
until
October 31

Philco 116X Console (1936)

This excellent radio is ready for you to proudly display and listen to. A classic and rare model, this is a five-band AC-powered superhet using eleven tubes, with RF stage, dual IF amplifiers and, in the words of Philco, a "High-Fidelity audio system," based upon a pair of (expensive) 6A3 triodes operated in "super class A" push-pull and providing a maximum of 15W undistorted output, featuring three "acoustic clarifiers." The dial uses a lighted pointer for station selection; click here for more info. The cabinet was restored using toning and clear lacquers. The first picture shows the trim to be dark walnut, which is correct. The others show it as a light brown, but that is due to the camera flash. The radio plays very well with just a short antenna. The electronics are completely restored. The chassis looks as nice as the cabinet. Aux input cable has been added: play your favorite tunes or old time radio shows from CD player, iPod, etc. Bluetooth receiver can be added for $30 and you can stream audio from your phone, etc. 90 day warranty applies. Pickup preferred but Greyhound shipment is available. 42"H x 27"W x 13-1/2"D.  Was $799.00, now $749.00. (1030190)

 

Silvertone 4565 (1937)

ON SALE
until
October 31

Silvertone 4565 (1937)

This was part of the "Sears Golden Jubilee" series of radios with different sized gold dials and styles (this is the fourth one I have offered for sale). It has the largest and most impressive gold dial of the series at six inches diameter. It is a very large eight-tube, three-band radio with a "magic eye" tuning tube. It covers the AM broadcast band with short-wave coverage up to 18 MHz. Restoration of the cabinet with correct nitrocellulose lacquer was performed, and it displays great! Knobs are original, grille cloth is reproduction, tuning eye is new and bright, dial lights up brightly, and it includes the often missing wood back. Electronic restoration was performed, replacing capacitors, out of tolerance resistors, band alignment, and bad or marginal tubes. Aux input cable was added so you can plug in an iPod, CD player, etc. and play audio through the radio. Bluetooth receiver can be added for $25 (my cost) and you can stream your tunes from your phone, computer, etc. Chassis pics are available, 90 day warranty. Weighs 32 lbs, 21"W x 13"H x 11"D.  Was $949.00, now $849.00. (1030251)

 

Silvertone 4566 (1938)

ON SALE
until
October 31

Silvertone 4566 (1938)

Offered is another great looking and playing tabletop radio ready for you to proudly display and listen to. It was sold under the Sears & Roebuck "Silvertone" brand as part of the "Sears Golden Jubilee," which offered a series of radios with different sized gold dials and styles. A seven tube receiver, it covers the broadcast band (550-1800 KC) and has short-wave band coverage (in two bands) up to 19 MC. The cabinet was restored using the finest toning and clear lacquers in semi-gloss finish. The electronics were totally restored. Dial is perfect and lights up brightly, original escutcheon in perfect condition, original glass dial cover, bright and working magic tuning "eye." Knobs are correct; grille cloth is reproduction. Aux input has been added: play your favorite tunes or old time radio shows from CD player, iPod, etc. A Bluetooth receiver can be added for $30 (my cost) and you can stream your tunes from your phone, etc. 90 day warranty applies. Weighs 20 lbs, 17"W x 11"H x9"D.  Was $599.00, now $499.00. (1030201)

 

Silvertone 4575 (1938)

ON SALE
until
October 31

Silvertone 4575 (1938)

This great looking and playing tabletop radio is ready for you to proudly display and listen to. It was sold under the Sears & Roebuck "Silvertone" brand as part of the "Sears Golden Jubilee," which offered a series of radios with different sized gold dials and styles. A six-tube receiver, it covers the broadcast band (550-1800 KC) and has short-wave band coverage (in two bands) up to 19 MC. The cabinet was restored using the finest toning and clear lacquers in semi-gloss finish. The electronics were totally restored. Dial is perfect, original escutcheon in perfect condition, original glass dial cover, bright and working tuning "eye." Knobs are correct; grille cloth is reproduction. Aux input has been added: play your favorite tunes or old time radio shows from CD player, iPod, etc. A Bluetooth receiver can be added for $30 and you can stream your tunes from your phone, etc. 90 day warranty applies. Weighs 20 lbs, 17"W x 11"H x 9"D.  Was $599.00, now $499.00. (1030186)

 

Silvertone 4763 (1938)

ON SALE
until
October 31

Silvertone 4763 (1938)

This fantastic looking and superb playing large tabletop radio is ready to be proudly displayed and enjoyed. It was sold under the Sears & Roebuck brand name of "Silvertone" as part of the "Sears Golden Jubilee," which offered a series of radios with different sized gold dials and styles in the late 1930s. A six tube receiver, it covers the broadcast band (550-1800 KC) and has short-wave band coverage (in two bands) up to 18 MC. The cabinet was restored using the finest toning and clear lacquers, then hand rubbed to a beautiful finish. The electronics are restored and original except for some tubes and the replaced capacitors and resistors under the chassis. You will be hard pressed to find a nicer example; cabinet has no patches, dial is perfect, original escutcheon and dial glass in good condition, bright tuning "eye." Original knobs, reproduction grille cloth, speaker re-coned. Aux input cable was added: you can plug in an iPod, CD player, etc. and play audio through the radio. Bluetooth receiver can be added for $30 (my cost) and you can stream your tunes from your phone, computer, etc. Chassis pics are available, 90 day warranty. Weighs 20 pounds, 15"W x 12"H x 9"D.  Was $899.00, now $799.00. (1030202)

 

Silvertone 4764 (1937)

ON SALE
until
October 31

Silvertone 4764 (1937)

This is an excellent radio that has been restored, and it works great! Sold under the Sears & Roebuck brand name of Silvertone as part of the Sears Golden Jubilee, which offered a series of radios with different sized gold dials and styles. A five-tube receiver, it covers the broadcast band (550-1800 KC) and has short-wave band coverage (in two bands) up to 19 MC. All the capacitors have been replaced with new modern equivalents, weak tubes replaced, resistors replaced if needed, and it has been aligned so stations are where they should be on the dial. The cabinet was restored when I bought it and displays great, original knobs are correct. All controls work as they should with no binding and no scratching; the eye tube is very bright and works perfectly! The finish is so nice I cannot justify a refinish. Aux input cable was added so you can plug in an iPod, CD player, etc. and play audio through the radio. Bluetooth receiver can be added and you can stream your tunes from your phone, computer, etc. 90 day warranty. 17"W x 14"H x 9"D, 22 lbs.  Was $695.00, now $649.00. (1030256)

 

Stewart-Warner R-407 (Canada, 1938)

ON SALE
until
October 31

Stewart-Warner R-407 (Canada, 1938)

This attractively designed table radio was made by Stewart-Warner-Alemite Corp. Of Canada, LTD., Belleville, Ontario, Canada. It is a five-tube superhet with three bands: Broadcast 550-1750 KC, Short-Wave 1: 1.7-5.5 MC, Short-Wave 2: 5.5-18 MC. It has been totally restored and all bands work great! Electronic restoration included: all capacitors were replaced, all tubes and resistors checked and replaced as needed, power cord replaced with new, and a complete alignment performed. Cosmetic restoration included: cabinet refinished using proper stains and lacquers, and new reproduction grille cloth. Schematic included. 90 day warranty applies. This would be a great addition to any antique radio collection! An impressive set at 19"W x 11"H x 10"D; weighs a hefty 21 pounds.   Was $349.00, now $249.00. (1030069)

 

Stromberg-Carlson 58T Tombstone (1935)

ON SALE
until
October 31

Stromberg-Carlson 58T Tombstone (1935)

This is a nice tombstone that has had a complete electronics tuneup with replacement of all paper/wax and electrolytic capacitors with modern equivalents, all tubes and resistors checked and replaced as needed. Finish has been refreshed with lacquer and looks very nice. One knob is chipped; dial lights brightly. Plays on AM and two Shortwave bands with 10 foot or longer antenna wire. Aux input cable can be added for $25 and you can play your favorite tunes or old time radio shows from CD player, iPod, phone, etc. A Bluetooth receiver can be added and you can stream tunes from your phone, laptop, etc. 90 day warranty. 19"H x 14-1/2"W x 9-1/2"D.  Was $450.00, now $399.00. (1030254)

 

Truetone D-727 (1937)

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Truetone D-727 (1937)

This rare and very impressive radio is seldom seen or offered for sale. Manufactured by Detrola for the Western Auto "Truetone" brand. With nine tubes, it receives the Broadcast band (550 to 1700 KC) and Short Wave in two bands from 1.7 to 17 MC. Has a bright "eye" tube for tuning, 8-inch speaker for great sound, nine station presets with motorized tuning (working) using the pushbuttons below the dial, and a brightly illuminated dial for night use. It is nearly identical to the ones I sold in 2016 and earlier this year. It has had a complete electronics tuneup with all new capacitors, tubes and resistors checked and replaced as needed (chassis pics available). The cabinet was professionally restored using the same type nitrocellulose lacquer as originally used. It displays beautifully and will be a highlight of any collection. Aux input cable has been added: play your favorite tunes or old time radio shows from CD player, iPod, etc. A Bluetooth receiver can be added and you can stream tunes from your phone, laptop, etc. 90 day warranty. Large and heavy: 26 lbs, 21"W x 12"H x 9"D.  $995.00. (1030258)

 

Zenith 5-R-317 "World's Fair Special" (1939)

ON SALE
until
October 31

Zenith 5-R-317 "World's Fair Special" (1939)

The Zenith 5-R-317 "Glass Rod" Art Deco radio was marketed as "The World's Fair Special," and introduced at the 1939 New York Worlds Fair. This is the five-tube version, which has a power transformer, instead of its six tube sister 6-D-317, which is an AC/DC set with a ballast tube. This may be the original finish, but if not it was restored very well (has a small blemish on top at back right side). It has been electronically restored to like new working condition. Glass rods and gold painted wooden rods appear to be original, and together with the gold grille cloth make for a very attractive and unusual radio. The dial bezel is original, as are the pushbuttons and knobs. In fact everything about this set is about perfect! The back is an excellent new reproduction. The paper tag on the cabinet bottom matches the metal tag on chassis back so the cabinet and chassis have always been together and not "cobbled" up. Aux input has been added and pushbuttons to select favorite stations work. Chassis pics available, just email me. Rather rare, it doesn't get much nicer than this. It would be a super addition to any collection, and should be featured in any Zenith collection! 14"W x 8-1/2"H x 8"D, shipping weight 13 pounds.   Was $995.00, now $945.00. (1030252)

 

Zenith 6-S-128 Tombstone (1937)

ON SALE
until
October 31

Zenith 6-S-128 Tombstone (1937)

This absolutely stunning six-tube large Broadcast/ShortWave radio will be a highlight of any vintage radio collection. It retains the original rare and perfect model 49-117 speaker, original wooden knobs, bezel, dial glass and dial scale, all in beautiful condition. New AC line cord was installed. The cabinet finish appears to be original and is in smooth semi-gloss condition. Grille cloth is a correct reproduction. A thorough restoration of the electronics was performed: replacing all electrolytic (filter) caps, all wax/paper caps, replacement of all out of tolerance resistors and tubes, complete alignment (stations appear on dial in correct place). As a result, it receives stations across all bands. Short wire antenna is needed (supplied). Aux input cable (iPod, CD player, etc.) has been added, and can be used with a Bluetooth receiver to stream tunes to the radio from your phone or other Bluetooth equipped device. Impressive at 22-1/2"H x 17"W x 12"D with 90 day warranty.   Was $859.00, now $799.00. (1030255)

 

Zenith 11x17 Poster for 6-S-254, 5-S-250 (1938)

Zenith 11x17 Poster for 6-S-254, 5-S-250 (1938)

This is for one color copy (on 11" x 17" card stock) of a 1938 newspaper advertisement featuring Zenith radio models 6-S-254 and 5-S-250. The image size is 13-1/2" x 10". Matted and framed it makes an excellent wall hanger, as shown in one of the pictures (the framed piece is NOT included). Even if you don't have one of these models, it will be a great display piece. Will be sent in a mailing tube so it will be rolled up. First Class Mail in US is $5. I do not have the original advertisement, and I realize not many collectors own these receivers, but if you do, it is a nice item to have.  $19.95. (1030219)

 

Zenith 11x17 Poster for 9-S-262, 12-S-265, 12-S-266, 6-S-238, 6-S-229 (1938)

Zenith 11x17 Poster for 9-S-262, 12-S-265, 12-S-266, 6-S-238, 6-S-229 (1938)

This is for one color copy of a 1938 newspaper advertisement featuring Zenith radio models 9-S-262, 12-S-265, 12-S-266, 12-S-245, 6-S-229, 6-S-238 on 11" x 17" card stock. The image size is 15-1/2" x 11". Matted and framed it makes an excellent wall hanger, as shown in one of the pictures (the framed piece is NOT included, this is for one print only). Even if you don't have these models, it will be a great display piece. Will be sent in a mailing tube so it will be rolled up. First Class Mail in US is $5. I do not have the original advertisement, and I realize not many collectors own these receivers, but if you do, it is a nice item to have.  $19.95. (1030221)

 

Zenith 11x17 Poster for 15-U-269, 15-U-270, 5-S-228, 5-R-216 (1938)

Zenith 11x17 Poster for 15-U-269, 15-U-270, 5-S-228, 5-R-216 (1938)

This is for one color copy of a 1938 newspaper advertisement featuring Zenith radio models 15-U-269, 15-U-270, 5-S-228 and 5-R-216 on 11"x17" card stock. The image size is 13-1/2" x 10". Matted and framed it makes an excellent wall hanger, as shown in one of the pictures (the framed piece is NOT included, this auction is for one print only). Even if you don't have these models, it will be a great display piece. Will be sent in a mailing tube so it will be rolled up. First Class Mail in US is $5. I do not have the original advertisement, and I realize not many collectors own these receivers, but if you do, it is a nice item to have.  $19.95. (1030220)

 

Zenith 15-U-270 Console (1938)

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Zenith 15-U-270 Console (1938)

This absolutely stunning and rare 15-tube Broadcast/ShortWave robot (shutter) dial radio, never before seen at the Attic, will be a highlight of any vintage radio collection. I have enjoyed it since 2001. It retains the original perfect dual speakers (12-inch woofer and 6-inch tweeter), wooden knobs, bezel, dial glass and dial scales, all in beautiful condition. New AC line cord was installed. The cabinet finish was updated recently with lacquer as originally done and is in smooth semi-gloss condition. Grille cloth is a correct reproduction. A thorough restoration of the electronics was performed: replacing all electrolytic (filter) caps, all wax/paper caps, replacement of all out of tolerance resistors and tubes, complete alignment (stations appear on dial in correct place). As a result, it receives stations across all bands with no hum. The chassis is clean and rust free (pics are available). Short wire antenna is supplied. Aux input cable (iPod, CD player, etc) has been added, and can be used with a Bluetooth receiver to stream tunes from your smart-phone or other Bluetooth equipped device. Impressive at 43"H x 30"W x 17"D. Prefer pickup in Central VA but will consider professional shipping service. 90 day warranty.  $3,975.00. (1030259)

 

Zenith Chassis 5905 Operating Instructions (1938)

Zenith Chassis 5905 Operating Instructions (1938)

This is for one copy of the 1938 Operating Instructions for the nine-tube 9-S-232 (Walton) table radio, 9-S-262, 9-S-263, 9-S-264 consoles, 9-S-242, 9-S-244 chairsides, and 9-S-204 phono & radio console. The booklet (looks original) from which the copy was made is in very good condition so copies are very clear and legible. Pictures may appear to be washed out in places, but the actual copy is not. Pictures also distort booklet but it is rectangular and small, 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", with nine pages printed both sides (all pages are shown). The cover is printed on card stock. Last page shows dial readings for short wave stations in North America in 1938. The 9-S-262 console and 9-S-232 are very popular radios, so if you have one (or the less common others) it is a nice display item to have. Add $3 for First Class Mail shipping.  $14.95. (1030217)

 

Zenith Radio 12-Tube Operating Instructions/Station Log (1937)

Zenith Radio 12-Tube Operating Instructions/Station Log (1937)

This is for one copy of the 1937 Operating Instructions and Station Log for the 12-tube console radios 12-U-158, 12-U-158Y and 12-U-159 which used the 1203 chassis. The original from which the copy was made had water damage stains, which can be seen on the bottom half of the images. However, current copies do not show the stains at all. It is small, 8-1/4" x 5-1/2", with six pages printed both sides. The cover is printed on card stock. The camera flash used for the pictures washed out the images; the pages are darker and the printing is very legible on the copy. I realize not many collectors own these receivers, but if you do it is a nice item to have. Add $3 for First Class Mail shipping.  $14.95. (1030218)
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