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Philco PT-61 "Pagoda" (1939)

Philco PT-61 "Pagoda" (1939)
A unique style, this Philco was originally marketed as the "Jewel Case" but its resemblance to Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia has resulted in being called the "Pagoda" in recent times. When played, the local stations come in loud and clear; when turned down, there is just the very slightest bit of hum. The Transitone dial is sharp and lights up, while the grille cloth is tight. Several woods were combined on the case: an old Philco ad claims the woods used included Aspen and Mexican Accra, which must be such a rare wood that a Google search turns up nothing. The Philco knobs are same style that normally appear in white or black, but the company produced a butterscotch color for this model only to better complement the wood colors. The cabinet has a wonderful mellow appearance from decades of aging, the slotted cutouts on the front at upper left and right are crisp and sharp (they are often chipped from their exposure). The top can warp but is flush and tight here. The original PT-61 label is about 90% intact on the bottom. This is one of the few examples to have a sharp contrasting black finish on the base.  $340.00. (0910235)
Philco PT-61 "Pagoda" (1939)
A unique style, this Philco was originally marketed as the "Jewel Case" but its resemblance to Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia has resulted in being called the "Pagoda" in recent times. When played, the local stations come in loud and clear; when turned down, there is just the very slightest bit of hum. The Transitone dial is sharp and lights up, while the grille cloth is tight. Several woods were combined on the case: an old Philco ad claims the woods used included Aspen and Mexican Accra, which must be such a rare wood that a Google search turns up nothing. The Philco knobs are same style that normally appear in white or black, but the company produced a butterscotch color for this model only to better complement the wood colors. The cabinet has a wonderful mellow appearance from decades of aging, the slotted cutouts on the front at upper left and right are crisp and sharp (they are often chipped from their exposure). The top can warp but is flush and tight here. The original PT-61 label is about 90% intact on the bottom. This is one of the few examples to have a sharp contrasting black finish on the base.  $340.00. (0910235)
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