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Zenith 5-R-317 "World's Fair Special" (1939)


Zenith 5-R-317 "World's Fair Special" (1939)

THIS RADIO HAS BEEN SOLD!
The Zenith 5-R-317 "Glass Rod" Art Deco radio was marketed as "The World's Fair Special," and introduced at the 1939 New York World's Fair. This is the five-tube version, which has a power transformer, instead of its six-tube sister 6-D-317, which is an AC/DC set with a ballast tube. This may be the original finish, but if not it was restored very well. I freshened it with semi-gloss clear lacquer. It has been electronically restored to like new working condition. Glass rods and gold painted wooden rods are original, and together with the new gold grille cloth make for a very attractive and unusual radio. The dial bezel is original, pushbuttons and knobs are new. The back is an excellent new reproduction. Rather rare, it doesn't get much nicer than this. It would be a super addition to any collection, and should be featured in any Zenith collection! Short wire antenna is needed (supplied). 90 day warranty applies. 14"W x 8-1/2"H x 8"D, shipping weight 13 pounds.
Zenith 5-R-317 "World's Fair Special" (1939)
THIS RADIO HAS BEEN SOLD!
The Zenith 5-R-317 "Glass Rod" Art Deco radio was marketed as "The World's Fair Special," and introduced at the 1939 New York World's Fair. This is the five-tube version, which has a power transformer, instead of its six-tube sister 6-D-317, which is an AC/DC set with a ballast tube. This may be the original finish, but if not it was restored very well. I freshened it with semi-gloss clear lacquer. It has been electronically restored to like new working condition. Glass rods and gold painted wooden rods are original, and together with the new gold grille cloth make for a very attractive and unusual radio. The dial bezel is original, pushbuttons and knobs are new. The back is an excellent new reproduction. Rather rare, it doesn't get much nicer than this. It would be a super addition to any collection, and should be featured in any Zenith collection! Short wire antenna is needed (supplied). 90 day warranty applies. 14"W x 8-1/2"H x 8"D, shipping weight 13 pounds.
Sold by Phil Bartells on August 30, 2020
Listed price on date of sale - $850.00
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