C. Dockery's Radio Attic

the Radio Attic    
Click on the link above to contact me, or e-mail dockery@radioattic.com

Modern radio equipment always works whenever you turn it on.  There is little challenge or reward in it.  I'm an engineer and a big fan of early radio technology.  There's still some sort of magic in them!  Alas, my collection is in a limited space, so I have listed some of my sets here to make room for others I have acquired.  I tend toward high quality radios.  They are the most evocative and the best investment.

Radio prices do not include packing and shipping.  Click here to learn more about: Restoration; Descriptions; Packing & Shipping; Payment; Terms of Sale.
 

 

Murdock Crystal Radio Tuning Coil

Murdock Crystal Radio Tuning Coil

Excellent and rare Murdock tuning coil for a crystal radio. Beautifully made!  $200.00. (1160065)

 

Philco-Ford Car Radio

Philco-Ford Car Radio

Cool little Philco transistor radio in the shape of a car. Runs on a 9V battery and works great! Damage to one window pillar but otherwise very nice condition.  $50.00. (1160053)

 

Philco 16B Cathedral

Philco 16B Cathedral

Here is a superb restored Philco radio. This is the famous ten-tube set that covers AM broadcast and shortwave bands with excellent sensitivity. The set is fully restored electrically and cosmetically to a truly excellent standard! Tuning is smooth and accurate. The two, thick, snap-on tube shields are not original and not included. You won't find a nicer 16B! It will be packed in foam rubber for protection.  $695.00. (1160058)

 

Wimshurst Spark Generator (1800s)

Wimshurst Spark Generator (1800s)

The photos tell it all. This is a spectacular Wimshurst generator from the 1800s. It measures 40" long! It has a beautiful tiger stripe oak cabinet with superb fittings. A large salt container is shown for size comparison. These were used to make large and powerful static electricity sparks. From the length of the sliding brass rod this one should make big sparks! It was used for electricity research before radio was invented. Nothing is broken though one disk is a bit loose and the nut needs tightening. I won't ship due to all the glass but am happy to hold it for pick up for several months if needed (it is located near Spartanburg, SC). You won't find another like this! Very impressive in person!  $1,100.00. (1160051)

 

Toby Deutschmann Loop Antenna (Deutsche Telefon)

Toby Deutschmann Loop Antenna (Deutsche Telefon)

Rare and very nice German folding loop antenna by Deutsche Telefon & Kabel AG. These were sold in the US by Tobe Deutschmann. This one is very nice with the covering still on the original wires. An iconic and hard to find loop! There is a nickel plated direction disk on the base.  $795.00. (1160064)

 

USL UA-Six Receiver

USL UA-Six Receiver

Rare and beautifully made USL-Six radio receiver with good tubes. The receiver works well if you clean the tarnish off the tube socket contacts. The radio is unusually well made with excellent polished aluminum shielding. All tubes are good and I received good signals with it, but the tube sockets contacts need cleaning for it to work. This is an excellent performing six-tube set.  $200.00. (1160067)

 

Perkins Navy Type Loose Coupler

Perkins Navy Type Loose Coupler

Superb Perkins navy type loose coupler from the famed Muchow collection! In museum condition!  $650.00. (1160066)

 

Ericsson Morse Inker

Ericsson Morse Inker

Here is a very nice Morse inker by Ericsson. These were used with early Marconi coherer receivers. It still works! A signal from a coherer detector triggered a polar relay which then triggered the inker to make a dot or a dash.  $750.00. (1160055)

 

Federal 57

Federal 57

Here is a nice Federal radio. These are highly regarded sets. Condition is nice but the top left terminal post needs replacing. It is a common type and size. One audio transformer is a replacement and one is open (type 226). An additional Federal type 226 transformer with good windings is included with the receiver. The RF transformer type 35 is good. Discounted price. No tubes.  $435.00. (1160057)

 

Martin DC Radio (France)

Martin DC Radio (France)

Superb and rare French Martin (Paris) radio with four tubes on top in the fashion of Ducretet. All tubes are good and the internals look unmodified. About as good as it gets. There is a small battery inside, very old, and I don't know the specs on it so I have not tried the set. Most French sets of the period used 4 volt filaments.  $1,500.00. (1160063)

 

Early Radio Spark Transmitting Coil

Early Radio Spark Transmitting Coil

Large and powerful early radio spark transmitting coil. It works great and very well made! It has triple contacts on the primary side and is very reliable as a result. The brass mechanisms for adjusting the vibrator speed and tension are beautifully made!  $540.00. (1160045)

 

Jewell Tube Tester Radio Test Set

Jewell Tube Tester Radio Test Set

Nice vintage Jewell radio test set and tube tester. Looks to be pretty complete in original leather case. Interestingly you can test the tube as it perform in the radio's circuit. It has a plug that plugs into the tube socket in the radio. You then plug the tube into the tester and analyze it as it is performing in the radio's circuit! I have not tested it as I don't have a manual instructing its use.  $50.00. (1160046)
Back to Top
My Restoration Philosophy

Pre-1930 sets: I don't do any thing to harm the value or destroy the history.  For pre-1930 sets this means not replacing components unless they are absolutely the exact correct ones.  Unless the finish is horrible, I will simply use color matched wax on the cabinet.  I'd rather restore too little and let the buyer do more if desired.  It's very hard to go the other way.  I think that time and values will support this approach as sets get older and more historic.

1930+ sets: For later sets, I will replace old electrolytic capacitors and wax paper capacitors that are bad.  Contrary to common belief, most wax paper capacitors 0.1 uF and smaller are fine unless they have gotten hot and the wax has melted.  I test them and replace the bad ones and leave the others alone.  I will replace all black beauty capacitors as they are little time bombs.  I generally try not to replace other components unless the radio is not working properly or the components are in a bad way.  I leave the original workmanship in place as much as possible.  I will clean contact with Deoxit if necessary and remove dirt and grime without harsh chemicals.

Descriptions

I generally buy high end radios and I don't go for ones that are in bad shape.  I try to describe condition accurately so you have no surprises.  However, if you are an expert in a particular radio that I am selling, you may spot details I do not.  If you know of certain things to look for with a set, please ask and I'll be happy to try to find out and also to learn something I did not know.  If you are very particular about certain features or condition issues, please ask.  My goal is to remove any discrepancy in expectation up front.  If I have tried a set, I'll tell you what I observed.  If I have not tried it, the listing will not include any information on that.

Packing & Shipping

I pack better than just about anybody.  I have shipped radios weighing 110 lbs, with no damage.  That means using big boxes, with the proper foam and padding and handle locations and caution labels.  Most importantly, it means using the right shipper! I will not use UPS, ever! FedEx Ground is recommended and mandatory for anything over 25 lbs shipped in the US.  I will also use US Postal Service for items under 25 lbs if desired.  I do not mark up shipping materials one cent.  I charge no packing labor fee at all.  What I pay, you pay.  Radios will be shipped fully insured and fully declared for customs.  Please do not ask to do otherwise.  I pack assuming the radio may be dropped from 5 feet on a corner.  This generally means packing can be expensive for big sets.  Skimping on packing is a false economy.  I won't do it. 

Of course, the buyer may pick up a radio from me at no charge.  I can hold a radio for a while until that is convenient.  The smaller the radio, the longer I can hold it for you.  However, we must agree on a maximum storage time as I can't keep it forever.

Payment

Once you notify me by e-mail you wish to buy a radio, I will e-mail you and invoice to be signed and returned to me.  I will hold the radio for 7 days or until payment is received, whichever comes first.  Include the invoice with your payment.  Payment must be received within 7 days of your e-mail notifying me of your intent to buy, or it will be released for sale.  Multiple requests to buy a radio will be handled according to dates of e-mail notifications of intent to buy.  I will accept the following forms of payment: USPS postal money order; US money order; personal check (delay for clearing); cashier's check; cash.  I don't accept electronic transfers or Western Union transfers.

Terms of Sale

I try to describe radios accurately, even a bit harshly.  However, a buyer may return the radio (ship date) back to me within 4 business days of receiving it.  You must contact me before returning it.  It must be returned as packed, so UNPACK CAREFULLY & KEEP THE PACKING MATERIALS.  If the radio is returned to me in the same condition as sent and it is the same radio, I will happily refund the purchase price of the radio.  I will not otherwise.  You are responsible for return shipping cost.  If it arrives damaged because you did not use the same packing or returned it by UPS for example, I will not refund it.  You have as much responsibility to get it to me safely as I took to get it to you.  It is only fair.

5,653 people visited this page last year.
You are visitor number 2,972 to C. Dockery's Radio Attic this year.

Radio Attic Home   |  Radios for Sale

Radios for sale at the Radio Attic are offered by independent advertisers and not by the Webmaster.
Sellers are identified at the top of each page.  You must directly contact the seller to purchase a radio.
© 2000, 2017  the Radio Attic