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Sparton 506 "Bluebird" (1934)


Sparton 506 "Bluebird" (1934)

THIS RADIO HAS BEEN SOLD!
Mirrored radios enjoyed a vogue in the 1930s. Walter Dorwin Teague, one of the most celebrated industrial designers of his time, created the Bluebird. This is one of the most recognizable and desirable of all antique radios. The cobalt blue mirror that is the front panel is 14" in diameter, 1/4" thick, and quite heavy; it is backed with a layer of dark felt. Chromed trim strips fit through small openings in the circular dial bezel. A circle of metal mesh surrounds the dial. The radio was completely restored, and is a decent playing radio. The resistor-line element was replaced with a custom solid-state replacement. The mirror has been professionally re-silvered and felt backed. The chrome trim has been perfectly re-plated and the case repainted. All original parts except the speaker cloth, which was replaced with a very good reproduction. The set was rather aged when I got it, as expected with a 70+ year old radio.
Sparton 506 "Bluebird" (1934)
THIS RADIO HAS BEEN SOLD!
Mirrored radios enjoyed a vogue in the 1930s. Walter Dorwin Teague, one of the most celebrated industrial designers of his time, created the Bluebird. This is one of the most recognizable and desirable of all antique radios. The cobalt blue mirror that is the front panel is 14" in diameter, 1/4" thick, and quite heavy; it is backed with a layer of dark felt. Chromed trim strips fit through small openings in the circular dial bezel. A circle of metal mesh surrounds the dial. The radio was completely restored, and is a decent playing radio. The resistor-line element was replaced with a custom solid-state replacement. The mirror has been professionally re-silvered and felt backed. The chrome trim has been perfectly re-plated and the case repainted. All original parts except the speaker cloth, which was replaced with a very good reproduction. The set was rather aged when I got it, as expected with a 70+ year old radio.
Sold by Lew Magrish on July 1, 2010
Listed price on date of sale - $2,799.00
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