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Motorola 53H (1954)

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Motorola 53H (1954)

Motorola Retro atomic design radio from 1954 in a beautiful sky blue Bakelite case. The design of this radio was influenced by auto dashboards of the 1950's. The original black case has been professionally repainted into one of the original colors of the Motorola model 56-H series. The case had no cosmetic damage, no cracks, chips, hairline cracks or repairs. The original back is on the set, and the radio is playing very well picking up all my local AM stations clearly. It has the original knobs, and silver knob inserts, usually missing. This is a fantastic Retro Motorola radio in a one-of-a-kind color. About 11-1/2"W x 6-1/2"H x 7"D (to end of the knobs).  $226.00. (1150654)

 

Motorola 57CS-4A Clock Radio (1957)

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Motorola 57CS-4A Clock Radio (1957)

Beautifully colored aqua Urea Motorola 1950's Retro clock radio in wonderful cosmetic condition. These Urea cases are near impossible to find without stress cracks on top from tube heat, but this case has survived in near perfect condition. It's a hard set to photograph, as it tends to reflect a more green shade, but it is a true consistent aqua green color. The Telechron porthole clock is in great condition also, and is working keeping good time, and the radio is playing well, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. Everything is original, knobs, Motorola name plate, and back. This is a fantastic retro color from the 50's, and a very hard set to find without damage. About 13"W x 5"H x 5"D.  $168.00. (1150651)

 

Philco 46-350 Tambour Door Portable (1946)

Philco 46-350 Tambour Door Portable (1946)

This post-War Philco was a very popular picnic portable in its day. It's a six-tube set, so consequently the reception across the AM band is quite good. Most of the leather handles on the top had a very hard time surviving over the years, but this strap is in excellent condition. It's a good rule to never pick up an antique radio by its handle no matter how good it looks! The radio features a beautiful wood and leatherette finish in good condition, with a tambour sliding door to cover the dial (like a roll top desk). It is a battery and AC radio, but the batteries are expensive and hard to locate. When the power cord is run through a notch in the back cover, the radio is automatically converted to AC. The set has been checked but a professional and is playing fine, picking up all my local AM stations. This radio was a major seller for Philco at $45.95, quite a bit of money for 1946. About 12"W x 9"H x 5"D.  $116.00. (1150645)

 

Philco PT-43 (1939)

Philco PT-43 (1939)

This late 30's Philco Transitone is one of the most Art Deco radios ever made. This model was introduced in August 1939. The walnut finish on this cabinet is original, and is in excellent condition. The Plaskon trim is also very nice with no cosmetic issues. It has its original back, handle, knobs and label on the bottom. The radio has two bands, AM and the old SW Dick Tracy police band. The chassis has been checked by a pro, and the radio is playing fine, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. It has an absolutely killer dial when lit up. About 9"W x 6"H x 6"D.  $195.00. (1150649)

 

Philco PT-69 (1939)

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Philco PT-69 (1939)

This classic Art Deco pre-War Philco trapezoid shaped radio was introduced in the Fall of 1939 for the 1940 model year. It comprises both a Sessions self-starting clock and an AM broadcast band radio. The neat compact case is finished in book matched walnut veneers with maple inlays. The case has been professionally refinished and is in beautiful condition, with just a few nicks. The radio has its original back, often missing on this set. The clock is working fine, keeping decent time once it starts off. The radio has been completely checked by a professional, and all tubes, resistors and capacitors were changed out that were needed. The radio is playing fine, picking up all my local stations clearly. Philco PT-69 label on the bottom. About 11-1/2"W (bottom) x 9-1/2"W (top) x 8-1/2"H x 6"D.  $195.00. (1150653)

 

Stewart-Warner R-180-A (1938)

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Stewart-Warner R-180-A (1938)

This 1938 Stewart-Warner table top set has been completely restored inside and out. The inlay veneers really make this set stand out. They have been professionally refinished with period toning lacquers and are in really beautiful condition with no cracking or splitting. Much like Emerson had the Ingraham Cabinet Company, Stewart-Warner had its own cabinet company, Craft-Built, and the original Craft-Built tag is still on the full wooden back. Four original wooden knobs for on/off, tuning, band and tone. It is an AM/SW set, and the AM reception is good, while SW reception can be enhanced with a longer antenna wire. The brass escutcheon has been polished back to its original shine, with a new clear perfect dial cover and grille cloth. This radio really has a striking detailed lighted gold dial with clock dial pointer. The chassis has five tubes and a power transformer, and it has been gone over completely by a professional, and everything that needed changing was done. About 13"W x 9"H x 8"D.  $329.00. (1150650)

 

Tom Thumb Automatic Camera Radio (1948)

Tom Thumb Automatic Camera Radio (1948)

Well, here is a radio that you just don't see very often, and in very near mint condition. I guess Automatic Radio of Boston thought you needed something to listen to when you were taking pictures. The reflex camera requires 127 Kodak film, and I have not tested its ability to take pictures, but everything seems to function property. I would suggest you take pictures with your iPhone. But the radio has been completely restored and plays fine for a four-tube set, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. It has two "D" cell batteries and a brand new 67.5V battery installed. The 67.5V battery cost $50, so I would play the set sparingly. The red crackle finish case is in really nice condition, just a few rubs. And all the original literature is still inside the case. The plastic strap is perfect. This is a highly collectible item among radio and camera collectors. About 11"H x 4-1/2"W x 4-1/2"D.  $349.00. (1150570)

 

Zenith 5-G-403 (1940)

Zenith 5-G-403 (1940)

Pre-War 1940 Art Deco Zenith portable in really nice refinished condition. The chassis has been restored, all capacitors and resistors out of tolerance replaced, tubes checked, and the radio is playing fine, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. The photo finish strip on the top of the case is in excellent condition, and the beautiful two tone front really stands out. It has its original Zenith "Z" knobs. The model number is printed on the antenna inside the back. It does not appear to have its Wave Magnet antenna, but the radio plays fine with its original loop antenna. There are two jacks for headphones on the upper right of the case. And there is underneath storage for a battery. This set probably went on many picnics in 1940 and 1941 when people were listening to the growing threat in Europe. It is a heavy radio, even without its battery. A great part of Zenith history, very seldom seen. About 12"W x 10"H x 7"D.  $198.00. (1150607)

 

Zenith 6-D-311 (1939)

Zenith 6-D-311 (1939)

The year 1939 produced some beautiful radio case designs, but none better than this Zenith tabletop set, which is an icon of the Art Deco period. It was designed by Robert Budlong, one of Zenith's most prolific radio engineers. This beautiful completely original Bakelite set with its streamline shape was described as Franciscan Brown and originally sold for $14.95. The case is in really nice condition, with no cosmetic issues like chips, cracks or hairline cracks. It plays fine with just a short antenna wire, but even better with a link to an external antenna, as this model did not have a loop antenna. The dial lamp works fine and the beautiful gold dial really lights up. It has a nice replacement back on the set, styled as the original. About 10-1/2"W x 6-1/2"H x 7"D.  $209.00. (1150648)

 

Zenith 6-D-526 "Waterfall" (1941)

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Zenith 6-D-526 "Waterfall" (1941)

This is a pre-War Zenith reflecting beautiful swirled walnut veneers and a striking waterfall front. There is a lot of discussion among many collectors about whether Ingraham Cabinet Co. made this case for Zenith. The general thinking is that Ingraham manufactured cases for a few other radio companies other than Emerson, even though they did not put tags on them. Whether they made this Zenith case or not, the curved speaker grille, curved wood veneers on the top and front, and the beautiful wood inlays are very reflective of an Ingraham made case. The 6-D-526 is much harder to find than the 6-D-525 "Toaster," even though they share the same chassis. The radio has its original "Z" knobs, and a perfect Retro-Tronics back is on the set. No cosmetic damage of any kind. The radio features a six tube chassis, has been checked completely by a professional, and is playing well, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. This is one very beautiful Zenith. About 12"W x 8"H x 7"D.  $278.00. (1150652)
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Restoration philosophy

My restoration philosophy is to leave these classic radios in their original condition as much as possible.  I hate refinishing or repainting a set unless it's absolutely necessary.  When this is necessary, I use a professional person for refinishing & repainting.  Over many years, I have attempted to acquire the best original undamaged examples of all models I could find.  They have been restored to playing condition unless noted. Any repairs that have been made, and any cosmetic flaws associated with the radio, are completely disclosed.  Keep in mind that these radios are 60+ years old, and, consequently, are not meant to played all the time.  We all love for these radios to play, but we also recognize that they should not be played all the time.

Warranty information

All radios are tested to make sure they are playing prior to shipping.  A lot of jostling in shipping can make tubes loose and connections become unconnected.  These are some of the unforeseen results associated with shipping.  I have no control over how the shipper treats the package.  If you purchase a radio and it is not working and playing when you receive it, I will offer several suggestions to help it work.  If those suggestions don't solve the problem, you are welcome to ship it back to me for any repairs that are necessary.  The radio will be shipped back to you at my expense, or your purchase price will be completely refunded if the set can't be repaired.

Conditions for return

I want you happy with any radio you purchase from me.  If you're not completely satisfied after receiving the radio, all you have to do is send it back in the same condition as shipped, and I will be happy to return your purchase price.  No sale is complete until you are satisfied.

Shipping

Anyone who has bought a radio over the past years can relate many horror stories about opening a box, and finding a cracked and busted radio inside.  I have experienced this, and consequently I do everything possible to prevent this from happening to you.  A seller really only has three choices for shipping.  I have had the most success using FedEx Ground.  My packing procedure is to wrap the radio in a foam pad (like a mattress pad), wrap that in large bubble wrap, lay the wrapped set on a thick layer of styro peanuts, and surround the package in the box with thick brown packing paper to make sure it's stabilized in the box.  Then top off with a layer of peanuts.  Another secret to safe shipping is to use a box much larger than the radio so there is plenty of room for protection.  When you cram a radio in a box about the same size as the radio (to save on shipping), you are asking for trouble.  Many people double box radios for shipping. I have found that if a radio is packed properly, single boxing is adequate and very safe.  All radios are insured and tracking information sent to the buyer.

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  • The Zenith arrived today in Finland, it's in awesome condition. Like a new one. Thank you again for your perfect packing job. You are still the best!
  • They arrived today, right on time, and powered up and played just fine! Great radios, thank you!
  • Received the radio. Well packaged, great housing, plays great. Thanks.
  • Got the zenith and etching; all is well, no damage and the little gem sounds great, picking up all my local stations with no annoying filter hum. Once again, thanks for your help with my collection. George
  • The Philco arrived today. It is in amazing condition, much better than I expected, looks like a new one. Thanks again for your perfect service and packing.
  • Hello David. Both radios arrived today in superb and working condition. What a great packing job-the very best.
  • The Zenith arrived today in Finland. It is so wonderful condition. Thanks again for your excellent service and packing.
  • Thanks so much! The radio arrived in great shape and looks beautiful.
  • Awesome Crosley. Awesome! Very excited to get a great restore. I will be watching your page for more radios.
  • The Motorola looks beautiful without a scratch on it thanks to your extremely perfected packaging technique. On top of that, it sounds great. Tonight I picked up 14 stations.
  • The Admiral arrived today, it's an amazing radio. Thanks for the excellent packing job, material of the radio looks very fragile.
  • David, The radio arrived yesterday , I love it! You did a Great Job!
  • The FADA arrived safely this morning. It far exceeds my expectations! The photo on Attic does not do it credit. It is lovely. The packing is superb as well.
  • The Philco arrived yesterday in great condition due to your superior packing.  Thank you so much!
  • Radio arrived today in Australia, and I am VERY pleased with my purchase!!! Plugged it in, switched it on and it plays magnificently - very clear and plenty of volume. Also my thanks on the packing - excellent wrapping and packing of the radio.
  • She's a beauty David, playing an oldies station now. Thanks for the great packing job.
  • The restoration is fabulous, and it plays just as well. The packaging is first rate. This is one of the best-packed radios I have ever received.
  • I received the little red RCA today. Thank you for doing such a great job of packing. The radio receives as good as it looks....GREAT! It is playing loud and clear.
  • Hi David, The 2 radios arrived yesterday in good shape. They are beautiful! Thank you very much.
  • The radio arrived today and I love it! it's so cool, and about the way you packaged the radio, very neat and well done! you know what you're doing
  • Hi David. Just to let you know that my Fada has arrived safely in Australia, and is working well. I am listening to it as write this email.
  • Hi, David the radio plays great and we love it here, picks up all the stations, nice tone.  Thanks for selling these!
  • The radio is at home in Spain. It is in PERFECT CONDITION, clearly thanks to the SPECIAL CARE you have taken when packing it, and it is VERY NICE and WORKS VERY WELL.
  • David, just wanted to let you know the radio arrived yesterday... beautiful. Thanks for taking great care in the packaging...arrived with no issues at all.
  • The Philco is beyond expectations.  You were also the best wrapper I have ever met.
  • Just to let you know that the Setchell Carlson arrived today in Australia without a hitch and in perfect condition. It performs extremely well & clear. Thanks for packing it well & look forward to future trades!
  • Brilliantly packed and man does that radio play like a champ! You are the best vintage radio seller, hands down. Thank you thank you!
  • The radios arrived today, safe and sound - thanks for a super packing job.
  • Just a quick note to let you know that the radios arrived last Friday, and both look great!!
  • The radio arrived in good shape and working fine. I wouldn't hesitate to order another radio from you.
  • I purchase from you because I trust you and you are a man of your word. What you sell is true to what you say it is.
  • The G.E. H-510 came today in great shape!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much, you did a good job restoring this one!!!
  • Prompt shipping, great packaging, excellent housing, and excellent playing radio. Thanks.
  • Just received the radio, what a great addition to our collection.... Thanks!
  • I want to thank you for your great customer care. I wish there was a place I could leave you feedback!
  • The radio arrived today. It looks great and plays well. Thanks for a thorough packing job.
  • The wood Crosley is a beauty! Thank you for the great packing and a fine radio to add to my personal collection.
  • Just a quick note to tell you the radios arrived last week and I got a chance to open the boxes today. I'm delighted with both, and the way they were packed. Thank you! Thank you!
  • Just got the Crosley!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Everything works great!!!!

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