|Sold by Mike Boessen on June 28, 2019|
Listed price on date of sale - $450.00
|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.|
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