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Crosley 167 Cathedral (1934)

Crosley 167 Cathedral (1934)

Compared to other low budget, depression era, five-tube mini-cathedrals of its day, this little 1934 Crosley 167 is a real stand-out both in looks and performance. The front is very eye-catching, incorporating several types of veneer applied in layers with attractive inlaid features. The overall effect is very beautiful. I think it is one of the prettiest mini cathedrals ever made. This restoration was started by a dear friend who had to retire due to health reasons. I did my best to preserve as much of his work as I could. There are a few minor defects in the finish, but I did not want to strip it and undo all of his beautiful work. The chassis has been completely restored with all new caps and resistors as needed. A full alignment has been done. Receiver sensitivity is quite good and surprising for a little five-tuber. All in all, a very unique and attractive little set. The tube shields in the rear view photo are not Crosley. Proper Crosley tube shields have been installed since the picture was taken.  $450.00. (1680014)

 

Gloritone Apex 27

Gloritone Apex 27

Here's one you don't see every day. Check out this unique and exotic Gloritone Apex 27 cathedral manufactured in 1932 by United States Radio and Television Corp of Chicago. For a 1930s depression era set they spared no expense on the exotic and unusual veneer design on the front. Chassis is a five-tube TRF and is very minimal, as was customary in keeping with the tight budgets of depression era radios. Note the strange upside down tube orientation and dial scaled from 0 to 100 instead of marking it with actual frequency units. I spent a lot if extra time stuffing the original caps with new ones to maintain originality. All caps and resistors replaced and full alignment. I had to repair several chips in the front veneer, and the knob is not original. I went overboard with 15 coats of lacquer to give it a nice, slick finish. This will make a real eye popper in your collection and you are not likely to see another like it.  $285.00. (1680010)

 

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!  $175.00. (1680016)

 

Monarch Tombstone

Monarch Tombstone

If you are the kind of person who likes to have something nobody else has, and you don't mind not knowing what it is, this is the radio for you. All I know about this radio is that it says Monarch on the escutcheon. Manufactured by Continental Radio and Television Corporation of Chicago, Illinois, about 1935. The same radio was sold under the Admiral brand as their Continental B600. I bought this radio as part of a collection. It has an amateur restoration done by a previous owner. While it is not up to my standards it isn't too bad, and is all and all an attractive radio. There is one small crack in the speaker grille and a few less then perfect places in the staining work. The dial glass is not original. I put in a full set of good tubes and gave it a full alignment. It plays beautifully and the sound is nothing short of exceptional thanks to a pair of #43 tubes in parallel for the output stage. At 14 inches tall it is smaller than many tombstone radios. If you want to listen to some oldies on your favorite AM station you will be glad you bought this little gem.  $175.00. (1680015)

 

Oriole 4A

Oriole 4A

This one-of-a-kind Oriole 4A "farm radio" was manufactured in the early 1930s by Radio Products Corporation of Chicago Ill. If you are the kind of person that wants to own the only one in the world, this one is for you. If you see the one on Radio Museum, this is that set. The cabinet is beautifully restored in conventional walnut with Spanish walnut detailing. Fully recapped, with resistors as necessary and a full alignment. This was my first radio restoration, before I knew not to buy battery sets, so I bit the bullet and bought the $75 power kit from Antique Radios. The original battery plug is still complete and usable. The knobs are what came on it, and one is not original. It is interesting that this set is "instant on" with almost no warmup period. It is a very nice little set. I'm obviously losing my shirt at this price. I hope someone will fall in love with it.  $99.00. (1680003)

 

Philco 42PT95 (1942)

Philco 42PT95 (1942)

If you want to knock "cute" out of the ball park, pick up this endearing little Philco table radio from 1942. The cabinet is beautiful and unique. The grille and knobs are original and in nice condition. Fully recapped with resistors as necessary and fully aligned. I had to fabricate a new dial glass, but I am sure you, like me, will be surprised how good it looks. Grandma had one just like this sitting on the kitchen counter keeping her entertained and updated on the war while she canned vegetables. I may have the white a little too white. There are no good color photographs, and after two tries, I settled on this. I hope you like it!  $109.00. (1680007)

 

Philco 60 Cathedral

Philco 60 Cathedral

The end of an era was marked by the production of the 60 series of Philco cathedral. An early version of the last cathedral style Philco model, this beautifully restored example was produced about 1934. I restored the cabinet to a gorgeous, glossy Walnut finish with 15 coats of nitrocellulose lacquer. The chassis has been completely rebuilt with all new caps and resistors, and a full alignment. A few minor repairs to the veneer, and a reproduction dial. The sound is outstanding, and the appearance striking. A radio you will be proud to add to your collection.  $350.00. (1680013)

 

Philco 81 Cathedral (1933)

Philco 81 Cathedral (1933)

By 1933, the Depression era money crunch brought about a bevy of affordable little four-tube mini cathedral radios. This really cute little model 81 was Philco's entry into that market. This is one of the nicer examples of the model 81 you are ever going to see. The cabinet was in very nice condition and I completely refinished it with 14 coats of nitrocellulose lacquer. I think the finish is nothing short of spectacular. There are a couple of tiny specks in the otherwise near-perfect finish. The knobs are original, but two of them had to be repaired. Original dial. New speaker cloth. Fully recapped, resistors as necessary, and a full alignment. I seriously doubt you will ever see a nicer Philco model 81.  $225.00. (1680018)

 

RCA 100 Mini-Cathedral

RCA 100 Mini-Cathedral

This fairly rare little RCA mini cathedral is a real standout among the early 1930s depression era, low budget radios produced to appeal to the thinner wallets of the day. The front is ornate and attractive. With features like shortwave, Superhet, and a tone control switch, it is more advanced than many four tube mini cathedrals of its day. Receiver sensitivity is quite good on the AM band. The chassis restoration was performed by a previous owner and seems well done. I chose to preserve the original finish despite a couple of mars on one side. The set appears original except for the round filter capacitor on the chassis. There is a tiny chip in the small knob that does not show because it is on the bottom. I had to do one tiny veneer repair on the front. I am not a professional photographer. The original finish is actually very nice and the radio appears better in person than in my photographs. It has the ornate Rosette knobs featured on the later production models. I am proud to offer this little set for what I think is a very competitive price.  $300.00. (1680017)

 

Syrene Cathedral (1932)

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Syrene Cathedral (1932)

Here is another rare and unusual offering from the Bill Skaggs collection. This Syrene cathedral was manufactured by Gilfillan Brothers of Los Angeles California, circa 1932. It was sold under the brand name Syrene. I found one small reference in the 1933 issue of Radio Retailing magazine. It has a very simple and elegant design of the speaker grill in an otherwise austere cabinet. I have completely refinished the set in nitrocellulose lacquer. The cabinet is in very nice condition, with a bit of ripple on one side, one small chip in the veneer near the back, and I had to fill one nail hole from an amateur repair. All capacitors have been replaced, and resistors as necessary. The knobs are not original, and one has a small chip along the rim. The chassis is electrically identical to a Jackson Bell model S. Note the unusual Lansing Armature type speaker in the rear photo. The grille cloth is not original. This thing is as rare as frog hair and I cannot find any reference for a price point so I'm going to start at 450. I sure hope somebody falls in love with it. It is a very unusual radio, and beautiful in its simplicity.  $450.00. (1680019)

 

Zenith 5D011Z Consoltone (1946)

Zenith 5D011Z Consoltone (1946)

Offered for sale is a nifty little Zenith Consoltone 5D011Z table radio from 1946. This is a really swell little set with surprisingly good sound and decent reception on its internal antenna. The cabinet is in very nice condition, with all original knobs and grille cloth. It has been fully recapped and resistors as needed, and fully aligned. The only thing not original is the power indicator lens, which I had to fabricate, as none were available. The sound is surprisingly rich for a small table set, hence the name "Consoltone." You won't regret owning this little gem. It doesn't take up much space on the counter top and will keep you entertained in the kitchen, just as it did for Mom and Dad, after he got home from the second "war to end all wars."  $159.00. (1680006)
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