Tom Hunt's Radio Attic
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Lexington, KY 40503

 


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Airline 62-97 Tombstone (1934)

Airline 62-97 Tombstone (1934)

This Airline "skyscraper" design was made for Montgomery Ward stores and sold under Airline name, but was actually manufactured by some other company, likely Wells-Gardner based on the style. Simply beautiful Art Deco Gothic tombstone with arched top and waterfall sides. Recently restored electronically and now plays with plenty of volume and sensitivity. This is a BC only seven-tuber, featuring new cloth cord. but all else is original. Very clean bronze chassis as you can see. Other bonuses include original grille cloth, original factory knobs, full factory paper tag inside cabinet, a Montgomery Ward warranty tag in great condition + a service tag dated "12/7/45" and an address and four-digit phone number. The cabinet has just so many design pluses like the front walnut burl panels on either side of the ornate "M" shaped walnut grille area. Notice how the side fluted panels match exactly the top "cap" panel. These touches really are eye catching in person. Probably the neatest part of this jewel is the "tracking" pilot light for dial indicator. I couldn't capture it very well (2nd pic), but it shows through the dial in a beam of blue/green light... very cool. 14-1/2"H x 13"W x 9"D. $429.00. (1640082)

 

Atwater Kent 225 Tombstone (1936)

ON SALE
until
November 2

Atwater Kent 225 Tombstone (1936)

This restored radio has a beautiful wood cabinet, with great book matched veneers, gets strong reception with its extended wire antenna. Beautiful lighted large dial. Five Tubes, BC and SW bands. All capacitors, resistors and tubes where necessary. The radio retains the original knobs, grille cloth, speaker, chassis and even the interior cabinet labels are exceptional. It also retains the cloth covered power cord and speaker cord. Atwater Kent Company of Philadelphia was always on the cutting-edge of the technology with a very determined commitment to quality cabinets as well. This radio is a perfect example of that philosophy. 17"H x 13"W x 6-1/2"D Was $429.00, now $409.00. (1640088)

 

Burns Pyralin Horn Speaker (1925)

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Burns Pyralin Horn Speaker (1925)

Here's a beautiful, all-original Burns radio horn with an excellent, undamaged pyralin bell. The speaker was manufactured by the American Electric Co. in Chicago in 1925 and designed to be used with high end battery radios. Among the most beautiful and the most collectible of all 1920s horn speakers, Burns horns are also among the most fragile. If the speaker is not handled carefully, its leaves can crack and break, which is why you seldom find these speakers in acceptable condition, much less looking as nice as this one. The bell is perfectly formed and original throughout, with a beautiful sheen both inside and out. No missing pieces of pyralin, no cracks, no warps, no hairlines. All of the leaves are joined tightly at the seams. The paint on the elbow, base and driver housing is original, with very little wear. Not a repaint anywhere; polished with Novus 2. The speaker has been tested and still works great. It is ideally suited for any 1920's radio but is perhaps most often seen with early Atwater Kent breadboards. It is 21" tall, with a bell diameter of 12-1/2". Shipping weight, properly packed, will be approximately 25 lb. $529.00. (1640096)

 

Dahlberg Coin-Op Pillow Radio (1950)

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Dahlberg Coin-Op Pillow Radio (1950)

Here is a very cool, Mid-Century coin-operated "Pillow Speaker Radio," two-tone pale green, mounted on hotel/motel bed headboard. Inverted slide rule dial (to read from bed); moveable pillow speaker on cord. Beautiful lighted coin slot and dial as well. This is a recent restore and plays well, picking up all my local stations and beyond. No cracks or repairs that I can see plus the two working keys are included to remove coins. It appears to be all original including the back. Plays for one hour on one dime and you could deposit up to five dimes or with Dahlberg tokens that could be purchased in the motel office. The cabinet design patent application was filed in 1951 and patented in 1952, so it is not certain when this radio was made. Kenneth H. Dahlberg founded/created Dahlberg Electronics, the company behind the Miracle Ear, he pushed the Dahlberg Company into the hotel business. He created this coin operated pillow radio to capitalize on the success of other coin operated products in hotels and motels across the county, notably fans and massaging beds. $329.00. (1640098)

 

Detrola 4D1 Mini-Cathedral (1934)

Detrola 4D1 Mini-Cathedral (1934)

This has to be one of the smallest cathedrals ever made at approx. 11-1/2"H x 1-"W x 6"D. This is an older restore but plays well with short antenna (supplied) from my collection. It's a four-tuber, one band, original beautiful finish, original ornate knobs, escutcheon, and I think grille cloth, etc. Beautiful lighted dial. A nice flair is the subdued intricate inlay design on the pilasters. Often times the pictures don't do a radio justice and this is one of those cases... it seriously looks even better in person. The Detrola decal is from Radio Daze (repro). Very clean rust-free chassis as you can see. If you are looking for a cutie that doesn't require much shelf space and a little unusual, this is it. $459.00. (1640081)

 

Emerson 110 Mini-Tombstone (1936)

ON SALE
until
November 2

Emerson 110 Mini-Tombstone (1936)

This small 1936 Emerson radio is presented in one of the first modern Ingraham midget tombstone cases. It sold for $100 at introduction. It has the same U5A chassis that is found in its predecessor Plaskon model 108 cases in Walnut, Ivory, and Black plastic and was predecessor for the AU-190 Catalin of nearly the same size. The Ingraham case has also been restored and looks great. This is a two-band, five-tube set and was restored recently by previous owner. It plays well for such a small set with a short antenna on both bands. It also has a new cloth line cord, and the original gumdrop wooden knob as well as wooden factory back, which is often missing. The band switch is in the back. It uses the same chassis as its predecessor model 108 which was Art Deco plastic-cased tombstone radios available in brown or black Bakelite, or white Plaskon. Style, Size, and Super hard to find. Only 11"H x 7"W x 6"D. Was $429.00, now $399.00. (1640091)

 

Emerson 414 Repwood "Fleur-de-Lis" (1933)

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Emerson 414 Repwood "Fleur-de-Lis" (1933)

Here we have a somewhat rare and very desirable Emerson often called "Wheat" in very original, excellent condition and original including grille cloth, knobs, cloth covered antenna wire, and unblemished raised images in fantastic condition. It is the same vintage and size as the "Mickey" 411 & Snow White. This is a recent restore and tho only a four-tube, one-band, it plays very well picking all my local stations and beyond with ant. extended. Beautiful example of Emerson repwood. No repairs, etc. Only 7-1/2"H x 7"W x 5"D. $569.00. (1640099)

 

G&F Sales Searchlight (Spyglass) (1937)

G&F Sales Searchlight (Spyglass) (1937)

Here is a collector's highly prized, Art Deco and fairly difficult to find radio, especially in this condition. Sometimes called "Spy" or "Disk," it is more widely known as "Searchlight" given that it can rotate 360 degrees E to W or N to S. This is a recent compete restore inside and out. Very sensitive bright green tuning eye and beautiful multi-colored dial as you can see. Works very well on BC with short antenna supplied & SW with longer wire. Super example of rare bird. Until recently this was a "mystery" radio as to who manufactured it for G&F Sales. Granger & Feitler (G&F) was a punch-board sales co. and toy manufacturer and it is unclear if this radio was given away as a prize or actually offered for sale (mystery). General conclusions are it was made by Pacific Radios as it points to exact model #3. Cool radio and very collectible with a mystery included. 18-3/4"H x 13-1/4"W x 6-3/4"D. $1,950.00. (1640080)

 

Jackson Bell 62 "Swan" Cathedral (1930)

Jackson Bell 62 "Swan" Cathedral (1930)

Here is a great specimen of that Art Deco West Coast manufactured Jackson Bell from the 30's. It is in great condition having been recently restored and plays very well. It maintains its beautiful contrasting wood tones, original knobs, speaker (Lansing), and likely grille cloth. It is a six-tuber, driven by a strong 45! It is ready for play & display. Straight from my collection to yours. Very nice! Rather small as cathedrals go at about 15"H x 13"W x 8"D. $729.00. (1640066)

 

Shure 3B Carbon Microphone (1930)

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Shure 3B Carbon Microphone (1930)

Very nice and very old carbon mic, model 3B, serial #502; Shure 3B mics evoke the early days of radio broadcasts are highly coveted by radio mainly as collectibles/decorative items. It appears all original except for the cord. I don't have any way to test. Shure's foray into carbon microphones dates back to 1929, when Shure Brothers, then located at 335 West Madison Street in Chicago, began to transform itself from an AM radio kit parts company to the exclusive distributor for Ellis Electrical Laboratories. In 1932, the business relationship soured between Mr. Shure, then a young man, and Mr. Ellis, considerably older. Shure began manufacturing its own carbon microphones later that year. The primary applications for carbon mics were public address, broadcast, military operations, and telephony. The rugged mics offered a high output level and their simple construction made them relatively inexpensive to manufacture. They were widely used in World War II and in spite of technological advances, carbon microphones were used in telephones until the 1970s and 1980s. $379.00. (1640100)

 

Silvertone 4465 Tombstone (1937)

Silvertone 4465 Tombstone (1937)

Here is a stunning and highly sought after Silvertone tombstone, which is often called the "gold dial." Made for Sears by Wells-Gardner, this model was the best offering of their assortment. The unique subtle trapezoid shaped and detailed cabinetry make this radio a standout! This great looking radio features an oversized 7-inch dial with a neat Art Deco design. It is a recent total electronic restore and has a bright, new, and very responsive green tuning eye which winks at you going from station to station. It features original Tenite knobs with lettering that indicate the function of each knob plus accurate reproduction speaker cloth and factory speaker. This is a top of the line high grade eight-tube chassis, three-band (AM+2SW), and it is a fantastic player. Clean chassis plus a full factory tag inside cabinet. The wide strip of angled fluting on either front side corners really gives it a distinct look and it's 83 years old. Clean chassis and solid cabinet and notice the model number is even imprinted on the bottom of cabinet: don't see that often. Don't miss the opportunity to own this fantastic radio. 22"H x 16"W x 12-1/2"D. $649.00. (1640093)

 

Sparton 132 "Football" (1950)

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Sparton 132 "Football" (1950)

A really nice Mid-Century ivory Sparton retro radio from 1950, often referred to as the "Football" radio for obvious reasons, The cases were made out of plastic, and consequently most of the survivors show a lot of wear due to cabinet shape and plastic type (Polystyrene). You rarely find this one without stresses or cracks, if you can find one at all! This case is in very nice shinny condition, but has a few flaws (thus the low affordable price). I've tried to highlight the mentioned "flaws" or imperfections & they are: 1) light stresses on the small piece just to the right of the "Sparton" label on bottom right; 2) on the bottom (not visible from display position, of course) there are three (3) tight hairlines that should show in pics. It does have its original back and original knobs with brass inserts and grille area in near perfect condition. The radio is playing just great, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. Another great radio from my personal, smoke-free collection. The five tube AM only chassis plays well. Great Eames influence in this rare, collectible set! 13"W x 6"H. $129.00. (1640097)
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Tom's Terms:

Goal: My intent is to sell quality radios that are clean and complete, and in nearly all cases working.  I try my best to accurately describe my radios and provide close up, clear photographs to show any defects if present.  Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.  If they came from my personal collection, chances are they are either "recent restores," "older restores," "unrestored but working," or "unrestored & not working," all of which I will make notation in my descriptions.  Also, pictures should be considered as part of the description.  Very few radios are museum quality and very old, so they are not perfect.  Of course, beauty or perfection is in the eyes of the beholder, but I am picky myself.  Having said that, I think my prices reflect the rarity, condition, quality, completeness, etc.  I want satisfied customers so they will become return customers and even tell other collectors about me and my radios.  Although selling for $$ is important, this is still and always be a hobby for me.  Saving radios from the dumpster, bringing them back to life, collecting, and in this case putting them up for adoption is more fun than the law should allow.  Please ask questions before we make a deal.

Packing and shipping: Prices listed do not include shipping or insurance costs.  Unforeseeable things can happen in shipping and given fragile nature of antique electronics, I am not responsible for shipping damages.  I prefer sending through UPS, but USPS and FedEx are also available.  I strive to get the radio to you in the same condition as it left here.  Proper packing is important.  I personally package all radios and use plenty of packing material to make sure it gets to you safely.  This may cost more and take more time, but it's worth it to get the radio to you safely.  Also, I insure all radios in case there is damage or it gets lost in shipping.  This is not my first rodeo for packing & shipping.

Payment: Once a buyer agrees to purchase a radio through email, I will hold for five days until payment is received.  If still unpaid after five days, the radio is once again for sale to other viewers on the website.

1) Money Order or Bank Cashiers Check.
2) PayPal funded from your checking account or PayPal balance only.  No credit card payments.
3) Personal checks (must clear prior to shipping; usually 5-7 working days).
4) Cash (in-person local pickup only)

Returns:  I want you to be satisfied with your radio.  I will take returns, but these conditions must be met.  You must contact me before returning it, and it must be shipped within four days after you receive it.  It must be returned as packed and arrive in the same condition as I sent it, thus please hang onto all packing.  Return postage is at your expense and shipping charges are not refunded.  Once I receive the radio back in good condition, I will refund your money.

Note:  I will not ship outside the CONUS. Sorry, Lower 48 only.  I will not ship to P.O. boxes.


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