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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!
Here we have the coveted "Glass Rod" Zenith. A completely restored Art Deco Zenith that should be the centerpiece of most any collection. It was designed to be part of Zenith's 1939 New York World's Fair exhibit. The chassis is an AC powered superhet with five tubes and a power transformer. This was a beautifully designed radio offered between the Great Depression and what was soon to erupt into WWII. Documentation states it appeared in two 1942 movies, "Woman of the Year," and "Nazi Agent." The walnut case has been refinished, the twelve glass rods are perfect, as are the eleven gold painted wooden spacers. It has an original Deco dial and dial pointer, and a nice undamaged swirled Tenite dial escutcheon with an ever so slight warpage on top edge, but not that noticeable nor distracting. There are five original push buttons, two original knobs, and a brand new reproduction back on the case from FYLP. The chassis has been recapped and is playing well utilizing just a short antenna wire. Extra antenna wire will be included. Needless to say, this is one of Zenith collectors' most sought after sets. About 14"W x 8"H x 8"D (deepest part).
Zenith 5-R-317 "World's Fair Special" (1939)
THIS RADIO HAS BEEN SOLD!
Here we have the coveted "Glass Rod" Zenith. A completely restored Art Deco Zenith that should be the centerpiece of most any collection. It was designed to be part of Zenith's 1939 New York World's Fair exhibit. The chassis is an AC powered superhet with five tubes and a power transformer. This was a beautifully designed radio offered between the Great Depression and what was soon to erupt into WWII. Documentation states it appeared in two 1942 movies, "Woman of the Year," and "Nazi Agent." The walnut case has been refinished, the twelve glass rods are perfect, as are the eleven gold painted wooden spacers. It has an original Deco dial and dial pointer, and a nice undamaged swirled Tenite dial escutcheon with an ever so slight warpage on top edge, but not that noticeable nor distracting. There are five original push buttons, two original knobs, and a brand new reproduction back on the case from FYLP. The chassis has been recapped and is playing well utilizing just a short antenna wire. Extra antenna wire will be included. Needless to say, this is one of Zenith collectors' most sought after sets. About 14"W x 8"H x 8"D (deepest part).
Sold by Tom Hunt on April 22, 2023
Listed price on date of sale - $659.00
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