Tom Hunt's Radio Attic
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Lexington, KY 40503

 


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Crosley 11-301U "Riviera" Portable (1951)

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Crosley 11-301U "Riviera" Portable (1951)

Mid Century "Color" set from 1951, flip front Blue on Blue Crosley portable and is called The "Riviera." Lift the lid and it plays; close the lid and it stops. This is an extremely hard radio to find without major damage. It came in green, blue, red, brown and black. The cases were very fragile and not many survived intact. This blue set is in very good condition without any major cosmetic problems. There are just a couple or three rubs and the usual number of light scratches from 60 years of use, but nothing major like cracks or chips or breaks except one short crack (1/2") right below the latch, not very distracting. This is where most of these sets have an issue. This Blue on Blue set is in very good condition The chassis has been restored by a professional, and the radio is working & playing tuning in all my local AM stations and beyond. About 9"W x 6"H x 4"D. $159.00. (1640127)

 

Crosley 56TD "Duette" (1947)

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Crosley 56TD "Duette" (1947)

1947 Crosley, Mid-Century look, Model 56TD Duette, five-tuber, no cracks, breaks, scratches and all original. Large robotic looking dial also clear cover & all original. Difficult to find in any condition especially this good... at least 9.5-9.7 on scale of 10. A one-of-a-kind designed Crosley radio in excellent undamaged condition. Nicknamed "Duette" due to its symmetrical back and front. Awesome display from any angle. This case is in really nice, original condition. These were produced in three other colors and also very collectible and difficult to find. It plays great, picking up all my local stations and beyond on its built-in loop antenna. A must have in any collection and quite an eye catching style like no other. About 10-1/2"W x 8-1/5"H x 6"D. $229.00. (1640128)

 

Crosley 58TK "Pixie" (1948)

Crosley 58TK "Pixie" (1948)

Crosley's 1948 Model 58TK will not take up much room as you can see by the adjacent ruler. Trapezoidal shape, rounded corners, circular dial, and a gold woven grille cloth behind grille bars give this little gem character, and it's been one of my favorite "pixies." This one was well cared for over the decades, and after a careful detailing, it's looking much like it did new and has beautiful marbling in its Bakelite cabinet. Controls are simple Volume and Tuning on this five-tube set, and has been recently restored electronically. The Bakelite cabinet is free of nicks, cracks, or repairs, and displays beautifully as seen in photos. Sorry for some reflections and shadows, but cabinet has no flaws. The dial scale has excellent graphics and numerals as seen in photos, and the dial pointer rotates smoothly around it. Crosley did not outfit this model with a lighted dial. Controls work smoothly as they should, and this five-tube set receives all my local AM stations using its internal loop antenna, delivering a pleasant tone from the original speaker. Radio has its original knobs, grille cloth, and backboard, etc., as well the factory sticker on the bottom side. $179.00. (1640109)

 

Crosley 517 "Fiver" Mini-Tombstone (1937)

Crosley 517 "Fiver" Mini-Tombstone (1937)

The compact 1937-38 517 "Fiver" tombstones are very popular probably due to their smaller size and the famous gold mirror dial. This is a very nice example; a "Fiver" mini-tombstone is an impressive radio for its small size! It picks up many stations with only a short antenna wire. The Model 517 is a five-tube, two-band (SB,SW) radio and 5-inch speaker. Many Crosley models used the chassis or the name "Fiver." The original knobs, speaker and chassis are present, along with what appears to be original grille cloth. The dial is very colorful, is backlit and has a mirror behind it which makes it "pop." It has been electronically and cosmetically restored by previous owner and works extremely well, covering the broadcast (550-1700 KC) and Shortwave (6-15 MC). The finish is excellent and was done in clear and toned lacquer. The wood is simply beautiful as pics should show. It has a new power cord and Chassis is very clean and the factory sticker is inside the cabinet. Speaker cone is perfect. 12-1/2"H x 10-1/2"W x 7 1/2"D; 10 lbs. $309.00. (1640119)

 

Crosley 616 Tombstone (1936)

ON SALE
until
May 26

Crosley 616 Tombstone (1936)

Big, bold, and beautiful 1936 Crosley 616 Tombstone radio mfg. in Cincinnati. It is six-tube, three-band (BC + 2 SW) with a 5-1/2-inch beautiful original red, white, blue, and green colored dial with two worlds. Plays well on both BC and SW with short antenna wire (will be included). Recent complete restore with all new caps, and all tubes checked for recommended tolerances + alignment. original grille cloth, brass escutcheon with Crosley brass logo, wooden knobs, speaker with no repairs, clean chassis as well. Cannot find out much about in books, forums, and other radio sources. I think it is a first for The Attic... maybe not. It is in gorgeous shape. It is totally restored. There was a Crosley tabletop with this dial, not other tombstones that look like this. The backlit, multi-colored dial area really "pops." Really one of the most eye catching Crosley tombstones I have ever had in my collection; now time to let go. Thanks for looking. About 20"H x 14"W x 9-1/2"D. Was $529.00, now $479.00. (1640123)

 

Detrola 4D1 Mini-Cathedral (1934)

ON SALE
until
April 20

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. Was $459.00, now $409.00. (1640081)

 

Emerson 108 Mini-Tombstone (1936)

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Emerson 108 Mini-Tombstone (1936)

This 1936 mini Emerson ivory Plaskon tombstone radio is one of the most collectible of all Emerson radios. The chassis has been checked by a professional, has been completely recapped, and a resistor added internally to step the voltage down so its original cloth cord does not heat up anymore. The radio plays very well using a length of antenna wire. The dial light is working well also. This is a two-band radio, but the SW band is the old amateur/aviation band, so very little to listen to. The band switch is in the rear. The case is in incredible condition for 80+ year old Plaskon material. There is only one (1) stress approx. 1" (see 4th photo). This was very common to many of these Plaskon cases. This one is quite shiny and retains its original grille cloth, dial, and knobs as well as lighted dial. The radio is missing its back, thus the low price. That certainly does not diminish display value. A really nice example of this model, in this material, and a must for any collection. Very small as tombstones go; about 9-1/2"H x 7"W x 5"D. $239.00. (1640133)

 

Emerson 544 (1947)

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Emerson 544 (1947)

This 1947 classic Emerson is a borderline midget set and is rare in that it still has its original photo finish. Most of these sets wore badly and the owner had to strip and refinish. Also all-original are the knobs and labels, dial, cover, etc. This five-tube set has a great backit dial and waterfall top. Recently electronically refurbished and plays very well with great fidelity and sensitivity picking up all my local stations and beyond without any external antenna. Some very minor wear as you would expect from a set that has original finish and nearly 80 years old. This radio was designed by Norman Bel Geddes, who one of America's most prolific industrial designers of the 1930's and 1940's. He designed many table and console radios for both Emerson and Philco, as well as trains, planes and automobiles, etc. A perfect example of one of America's great post-War designers and a neat, classic radio from Mid-Century. About 11"W x 8"H x 5-1/2"D. $179.00. (1640129)

 

Emerson 879 Portable (1952)

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Emerson 879 Portable (1952)

Here's some color to add to any/all collections. Beautiful Mid Century Emerson portable in turquoise/aqua (actually darker than pics.) with perfect gold grille. This is an AC/DC set that is playing very well on AC with what looks to be a new power cord. This is a four-tuber that also plays on two batteries, but not tested on them as I do not have 7-1/2 volt "A" and 67-1/2 volt "B." The handle which folds down when in display or play mode is perfect as is the dial and grille area with the Emerson logo clear and crisp in the middle/bottom of the grille. The cabinet is in excellent condition with no repairs, breaks, cracks, or major scratches. There four or five small nicks on backside only and not bad at all. The insides are very clean and the complete factory sticker is intact inside the cabinet. Also the cord can be stored inside when not in use. Great display and plays well picking up all my local stations and beyond. Only 8"W x 6"H x 3-1/2"D. $139.00. (1640125)

 

Emerson 5540 Midget (1947)

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Emerson 5540 Midget (1947)

Here is ne of the great post-War midget radios and in the desirable red Plaskon case. The plastic dial cover, knobs, and cardboard back are in great shape. Clean chassis and just a cool, neat, red radio with waffle grille and acorn knobs. As with the Plaskon radios in general, this beauty is not without a couple of flaws. There is a stress crack (thus the low price) on left fluted side that runs approx 3". Also on bottom side, please see two small flaws near the screws. I have not tried repairing nor covering any of these areas and will leave that to new owner. Since they are not shown from shelf display, I think it is still a great find. The radio has been recapped, gone completely thru by a professional, and is playing great, picking up all my local AM stations clearly. Here is a description from a 1947 ad for the radio: "Emerson Radio Model 540. World's Smallest AC-DC Superheterodyne. Alnico 5 Permanent Magnetic Dynamic Speaker, Built-In Super Loop, Automatic Volume Control, Many Other Advance 'Big-Set' Features." About 6-1/2"W x 4-3/4"H x 3-1/4"D. $209.00. (1640126)

 

Jackson-Bell 62 "Swan" Cathedral (1930)

ON SALE
until
April 20

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. Was $729.00, now $649.00. (1640066)

 

RCA 101 Tombstone (1933)

RCA 101 Tombstone (1933)

Here is a neat old RCA 101 that you don't often see. I tried researching and couldn't find much on it other than a couple of vague mentions on a forum or two. It is unusual in many ways. First, the wood combination really gives it an unusual color contrast. I believe it to be yellow Maple (top + bottom quarter on front and sides). The rest appears to be Mahogany. Another anomaly is the size and shape (13"H x 11"W x 6-1/2"D). Additionally, it is only a four-tuber, kind of unusual for a tombstone of this vintage in my opinion. It has been restored and plays pretty well on a short wire antenna and better on longer antenna. I believe it to be original finish except possibly the very top has been re-done (nicely). Also not detracting, but need to mention some light scratches on right side but could not bring myself to strip as it is not that detracting to disturb since rest was original finish (Howard's oil covers). Looks great as is. Original knobs, grille cloth, dial, etc. Full factory sticker inside cab. Nice clear lighted dial as you can see. $279.00. (1640110)

 

Shure 55C "FatBoy" Microphone (1940's)

Shure 55C "FatBoy" Microphone (1940's)

Up for sale is a vintage 1940's Shure 55C Unidyne "Fatboy" dynamic microphone in great cosmetic condition with absolutely no pitting in chrome. Factory set at High Impedance with no switch. The metal label clearly shows 55C and you can see the slightly embossed Shure Unidyne logo up close. I have had in my collection for many years and never tested, simply used for a great display. The original telescoping stand is included. The Model 55 has changed over the years. When introduced it came in three types: the 55A, optimized for 35-50 ohm low impedance; the 55B, built for 200-250 ohm systems; and the 55C, designed for use with high impedance equipment. By the way, the larger model is commonly referred to as the "Fatboy" while the smaller model picked up the moniker of the "Elvis" microphone, memorialized on a commemorative postage stamp (with "The King") that was issued by the U.S. Postal Service in 1993. $379.00. (1640101)

 

Silvertone 2210 "Poor Man's Catalin" Portable (1952)

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Silvertone 2210 "Poor Man's Catalin" Portable (1952)

Beautiful two-toned seldom seen green Silvertone portable with heavy swirling Styrene or Plaskon, not completely sure, but "Poor man's Catalin" for sure. Great example of Mid-Century color radio with lots of swirl. Likely made by Arvin for Sears Roebuck Co. with Silvertone name. It is battery operated, four-tuber, with all original knobs, handle, grille cloth, etc. It takes a 67-1/2 V "B" battery and two 1-1/2 V "A" batteries. I assume the old 67-1/2 volt battery I'm including is dead, but you can definitely hear a click and light static when turned on/off. Very clean battery compartment as you can see + had all the original factory stickers on the bottom + inside. No breaks, repairs, or major scratches. It does show some very light wear as you would expect for a 70 year old. Nothing at all detracting from my point of view. This radio came in three colors, but this is the first green one I ever saw. Only weighs about 3-1/2 lbs. About 8-1/2"W x 6-1/2"H x 3-1/2"D. $159.00. (1640130)

 

Silvertone 4563 (1936)

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Silvertone 4563 (1936)

This 1936 Silvertone features a stunning Art Deco "Wrap-around/Waterfall" design wood cabinet, which has been just recently been refinished. The cabinet has an attractive slanted grain across the front and side and Art Deco speaker cut-outs and original grille cloth. The gold dial with "ring around the globe" emblem, nice letters and numbers, clear dial glass, and Tenite escutcheon which matches the four original knobs (on/off/volume, tone, tuning, & band). The six-tube chassis has been electronically restored. The radio picks up many stations, incl. SW in evening. I have attached an antenna and will leave it with the radio. This beauty is ready for you to proudly display and listen to, but it is 85 years old, and like all antique radios is not intended for everyday, all day use. It was sold under the Sears & Roebuck brand name "Silvertone" as part of the "Sears Golden Jubilee," which offered a series of radios with different sized gold dials and styles. Rust free and extremely clean chassis with factory label intact. You would be hard pressed to find a nicer example. Dial is perfect and illuminates for night use. 16"W x 10"H x 9-1/4"D; 16 lbs. $349.00. (1640132)

 

Sparton 132 "Football" (1950)

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)

 

Trav-Ler 5300 Portable (1953)

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Trav-Ler 5300 Portable (1953)

Beautiful Mid-Century "Torch Red" and Gold "eye candy" for your Color collection. Very nice Styrene four-tuber that is in excellent condition and all original. No breaks, repairs, deep scratches, etc. It takes "A" battery ("D" cells) + "B" battery (67-1/2V) which I do not have to test. Very clean battery compartment as you can see with full factory stickers. Case shows very well with only normal wear for a nearly 70 year old radio. There is a chip in the lid edge but is hidden on back top when the lid is in normal closed state and does not show or affect the display; just want to mention. The last pic shows how negligible it really is. 9"W x 6"H x 2-1/2"D and only weighs a couple of pounds. $99.00. (1640131)
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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.
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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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