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Atwater Kent 185 (1934)

Atwater Kent 185 (1934)

If Art Deco is your thing, here is what you've been waiting for. Atwater Kent went whole hog, mad dog Art Deco on this very striking model 185 from 1934. Easily one of the more unique and eye-catching radios I have ever seen. The black trimmed cabinet is faced with beautiful bias cut veneers, and accentuated with brass and aluminum inlays. Due to its design, the cabinet on this radio was extremely difficult to refinish. While not absolutely perfect, I think it is a stunning example of this model. It has a large 8-inch speaker, a good set of tubes, all new capacitors, resistors as necessary, almost all new wiring and a full alignment. Some idiot soldered the Vernier shaft to the external shaft and I was not able to fix that, so the tuning is a straight 180° rotation. The dial is a reproduction. Broadcast and short wave. This radio is very heavy, so will be a little expensive to ship, but I'm pretty sure once you get your hands on it you won't mind. It is just a downright spectacular radio. 15"H x 13"W x 8"D. $499.00. (1680037)

 

Brunswick International Table Radio (1933)

Brunswick International Table Radio (1933)

My latest example of antique radio obscurity is this little Brunswick International table radio from the Bill Skaggs collection. This little cutie is totally unknown in the radio literature. The chassis is identical to the Empire Electrical Products model 40. According to the label, Brunswick international heralded from New York, New York. The veneer on the front is very striking, and the cabinet overall is in very nice shape with one minor ding in the top left and a few other very minor blemishes. For a low budget radio, I went crazy and put a very nice finish on this set. There is a chip out of the small knob. I replaced all of the capacitors and most of the resistors and gave it a good set of tubes for long service life. Auxiliary input cable for your mobile devices. All in all a sweet little radio for someone who wants to have the only one currently known to exist. 12"W x 8-1/2"H x 7"D. $229.00. (1680040)

 

Detrola 302 Clock Radio (1939)

Detrola 302 Clock Radio (1939)

Check out this highly sought after little Detrola 302 clock radio straight from the motor city. Detrola really knocked it out of the park with this elegant and simple little set. The finish is absolutely stunning on the near-perfect cabinet. Complete chassis rebuild with all new caps and resistors. Full alignment. Reception is fair on the internal antenna but very good with an external antenna. The clock, dial glass, knobs, clock switch, speaker and grille cloth are all replacements. I repaired a couple of cracks in the rear cover but overall it is as good-looking as any. The wood is slightly darker than in these photos. I have added an audio cable for your mobile devices. I feel safe in saying you will not find a nicer looking example of this adorable little gem. 10"W x 10"H x 6"D. $549.00. (1680024)

 

Echophone EC600 Farm Radio (1946)

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Echophone EC600 Farm Radio (1946)

When the REA brought electricity to rural America these battery sets became obsolete. Some folks didn't want to give up Grandpa's radio, and enterprising companies like General Transformer of Chicago were there to save the day with battery eliminators to put your battery set on AC power. This very attractive Echophone EC600, manufactured by Hallicrafters, is one of the last of the farm radios. More famous for ham radio gear, Hallicrafters didn't make many broadcast receivers, but when they did they made good ones, and this is a very nice example. I had a General Transformer battery eliminator laying around, so I restored it and put it in this unique piece of Americana. The cabinet is quite nice with only a few minor mars and dings. I put a very nice finish on it with eight coats of nitrocellulose lacquer. All new capacitors, resistors as necessary and a full alignment. A full set of high testing tubes. A cable for your mobile devices. Very good sound for a battery set thanks to a large permanent magnet speaker, and very good receiver sensitivity. 18"W x 10"H x 9-1/2"D. $209.00. (1680044)

 

General Electric GD52 (1938)

General Electric GD52 (1938)

General Electric put a lot of pizzazz into this unique and attractive little GD52 table radio. The cabinet is at once simple in design, and elegant in appearance, with extensive use of very attractive veneer. The GD52 was manufactured in 1938 and is apparently much less common than its younger cousin, the GD60, released in 1939. From what I can tell, none has ever sold on Radio Attic. This one was restored by a previous owner who by and large did a lot of very nice work. An ugly schematic diagram was pasted over the model label on the bottom of the radio. I saved as much of it as I could but it suffered quite a bit from that abuse. The graphics on the volume wheel are badly worn in the first 45° of rotation. I went through the chassis, replaced a few more components, replaced a weak tube, and gave it a full alignment. I have added an audio cable for your mobile devices. This is a very unique and attractive little radio and would be a real eye catcher on your kitchen cabinet or in your collection. 15"W x 9"H x 8"D. $225.00. (1680026)

 

Gloritone 26 Cathedral (1931)

Gloritone 26 Cathedral (1931)

Check out this girl next door manufactured by United States Radio and Television Corporation from 1930 to 1931. Not a cheerleader, but pretty darn good looking! This radio had a nice cabinet, but the finish was badly deteriorated so I stripped it and dressed it up fit for church with 15 coats of nitrocellulose lacquer. There are a few very minor flaws in the finish, but overall it is absolutely gorgeous. The dial is a little stained, and I had to fabricate a tube shield as that was missing. I modified the volume control from the lousy antenna swamping type to audio stage volume control. All the tubes test good as new. I replaced all of the capacitors, resistors as necessary and gave it a full alignment. Receiver sensitivity is quite good for a 1930 design. This is one of the nicest examples of the fairly rare Gloritone model 26 you are likely to see anywhere and would be a standout in any collection. 18"H x 15"W x 8-1/2"D; 23.31 pounds. $299.00. (1680031)

 

Harfield Mini-Cathedral (about 1933)

Harfield Mini-Cathedral (about 1933)

Here's another nifty one-of-a-kind radio sold under the brand name Harfield. As far as I can tell this is the only actual Harfield radio known to exist. There is no mention of Harfield in any of the radio literature I am aware of. The most unique feature of this set is that the dial indicator and the dial light are mounted on an arm behind the dial, and both rotate with the tuning condenser creating one of the most interesting dial indicators I have ever seen. The cabinet restoration was done by a previous owner. There are a few flaws and a little ripple in the cabinet, but all in all it presents fairly well. The speaker and grille cloth are not original. The small knob has a couple of chips in the rim, but still looks pretty good. All new capacitors and resistors as necessary. Receiver sensitivity is excellent, and the sound is respectable. Here is your chance to own something nobody else has without breaking the bank. 14"H x 11"W x 8-1/2"D. $159.00. (1680033)

 

Knockout Regenerative Receiver (circa 1928)

Knockout Regenerative Receiver (circa 1928)

From a little off the beaten antique radio path comes this unique and interesting little Knockout regenerative receiver. During my research of this set, a vigorous discussion ensued as to whether it was a factory made radio, a kit radio, or just homemade. In any case, it really is quite a "knockout." When I got it, the original bus style wiring had been removed and replaced with modern wire. I removed all of that and rewired it with period appropriate 12 gauge bus wire with a lot of help and parts from my new friend Chas. It is fitted with a high testing UX-201A tube, and works quite well. It works well with a 4.5V to 6V "A" cell and a 24V "B" cell. This can be four "D" cells and three 9V batteries. Requires high impedance headphones of roughly 2000 ohms. For an additional $35 I will include a period appropriate set of those. I know this radio isn't for everyone, but I hope someone will take a shine to it. If you are not familiar with regenerative receivers, you should do some research before buying this set. 12"W x 8"H x 8"D. $179.00. (1680035)

 

Mitchell 1250 "Lullaby" Bed Lamp-Radio (1949)

Mitchell 1250 "Lullaby" Bed Lamp-Radio (1949)

Get a load of this adorable and practical little 1949 Mitchell 1250 Lullaby Bed Lamp-Radio. This thing is absolutely the berries. Mom would just hang this on her bed board and flip on the built-in 25 watt reading lamp while she took in a gripping romance novel. I just barely got my AM loving sweetheart to let me sell it, because it wouldn't fit on our bookcase headboard. The Bakelite cabinet is in wonderful condition. It has all the original hardware and is in nearly like new condition. The restoration was done by my good friend Bill Skaggs in Long Beach, Mississippi. I gave it a thorough check out and cleaning. It plays beautifully and picks up stations quite well on its built in antenna. Little gems like this don't come up every day. Don't get "lulled" to sleep and let it slip away! $159.00. (1680016)

 

Philco 48-206 (1948)

Philco 48-206 (1948)

Can you say Naugahyde? That's what they called the vinyl covering on this radio back when I was a kid. Whatever you call it, it is in very nice condition on this Philco table radio from 1948. A little bit of staining on the top, but all in all quite nice. Simple, attractive in a leather kind of way, and resistant to scuffs and scratches! I replaced all the capacitors, most of the resistors, and put a good set of tubes in it. Picks up local stations on its internal antenna, but has an external antenna wire which is grounded to the back of the set but can be used if you want to get more distance. I have added a cable for your mobile devices. Not a particularly old set but fairly uncommon. A good choice if you would like to add something unique to your collection without breaking the bank. 14"W x 8"H x 7"D. $209.00. (1680041)

 

Philco 66S Tombstone (1935)

Philco 66S Tombstone (1935)

The last of the 66 series, this very nice example of the Philco 66S is much harder to find than its more common older siblings. This one is a veteran of a previous restoration, and has a few minor mars and dings. I touched up the finish and put eight coats of lacquer over it. The result is a really quite attractive radio. Photographing these old radios is very difficult. The actual color is a little darker than what shows in these photos. All new capacitors, resistors as necessary, and a very good set of tubes have been installed for years of trouble-free service. Full alignment. The grille cloth and dial have been replaced. Unlike most five-tube radios, the shortwave is really quite good on this set. The speaker is perfect and the sound is outstanding. If you're a Philco collector I'm willing to bet you don't have one of these and I hope you will take a liking to this little gem. 16-1/2"H x 12-1/2"W x 9"D. $299.00. (1680021)

 

Philco 89B Code 123 Cathedral (1935)

Philco 89B Code 123 Cathedral (1935)

This Philco 89B series 5 is a later version of one of Philco's longest running and most successful cathedral radios. Sometimes referred to as the "baby grand." By 1935 Philco had it right. The electronics are very well refined. The tuning is spot on all across the dial B/C and S/W. Receiver sensitivity is very good. The sound is rich and full and is better than many consoles. The finish on this radio is possibly the slickest I have ever done. It is absolutely gorgeous. The sides are actually a little darker than in my photos and match the front perfectly. As with all my Philcos, I removed both the electrolytic and the tar caps and stuffed them with new ones to maintain original look and performance. New resistors as necessary and a full alignment. A few minor veneer repairs and a new grille cloth. Unfortunately the chassis and cabinet labels are pretty much toast. Beyond that, if you buy this radio, you will have one of the nicest examples of the Philco model 89B around. 16-1/2"H x 13-1/2"W x 9-1/2"D. $400.00. (1680023)

 

RCA 68R3 AM/FM (1946)

RCA 68R3 AM/FM (1946)

If you're looking for an antique tube radio, but don't want to give up your favorite FM stations, I've got you covered. Check out this stylish RCA 68R3 from 1946. The attractive wood grain on this cabinet is in very nice condition with only a few minor flaws. The large glass tuning dial is pristine and easy to tune without your reading glasses. It has a fairly large speaker for a table radio and the sound is decent. All new capacitors, resistors as necessary and I replaced the rubber wiring. The original grille cloth is passable for its age. The back cover is not original, and I got the on-off-vol decal on there a little crooked. Picks up local AM stations on its internal antenna. Requires an external loop antenna to pick up FM, but 3 or 4 feet of wire will work pretty well for local stations. It has screw connections inside for more distant stations. I have provided a cable for mobile devices. Just switch it to the phono position and plug in your iPad. All in all a very nice radio that won't break the bank. 17"W x 12-1/4"H x 10"D. $269.00. (1680043)

 

Silvertone 6405 (1939)

Silvertone 6405 (1939)

I should have thrown this radio away. Any other restorer would have. It had a piece broken out of the top, the back cover was missing, it had two bad tubes, and it is not a valuable radio. But just look at it. It is so darn cute! Reminded me of a 4'-11" cheerleader from high school named Cheryl. Despite 15 hours of hard work, my patch of the broken cover is not very good. I had to make the back cover, but it is an accurate reproduction of the original. These shiny Bakelite radios are extremely difficult to photograph. The finish on the remainder of the cabinet is very nice, and looks like a brown Bakelite walnut tinted cabinet should look. The front and top photos are reasonably close color wise. All new capacitors and resistors and a full alignment. Picks up local stations on its internal antenna, but has an external antenna connection for more distant stations. I'm going to lose my shirt on this radio. Somebody please prove I was right to save it. Come on. You know you love it. 8"W x 5-1/2"H x 5"D. $159.00. (1680032)

 

Tunette Mantel Radio (1933)

Tunette Mantel Radio (1933)

Aside from being downright adorable, this little guy has to hold the title of the most lonesome radio in the world. The best I can tell, it is the only surviving radio of this brand in existence. The brand name and model were stamped on the back cover in ink and most of it is no longer readable. It is also apparently the only TRF receiver ever manufactured with this tube complement. The cabinet has a few minor dings but is all in all very nice. This is a very stout, well-made little radio with a cabinet of solid wood. New grille cloth. A full set of very good tubes. All new resistors and capacitors, and a full alignment. Reception is fairly good for a 1933 budget TRF, and the sound is not bad for a little mantel radio. If you are the kind of person who would like to own the only one in the world, this is your radio. I think it would be great if someone would give this lonely little fellow a good home. If you have any knowledge about this radio or the company that made it would you please contact me. 12"W x 8"H x 6"D. $249.00. (1680028)
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