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Other Radios - Wood Tabletop

Even someone who likes plastic radios likes wood radios, too! And, uhh, these radios have plastic in them at least...on the knobs, the dials, etc!

Addison Tombstone

  This is a cute little Addison tombstone purchased from another collector. It had a bad finish on it, so I did refinish it. The front of the case is mahogany, with the top and sides being walnut. It's a 5-tube resistance line cord or "curtain burner" set. I've also seen this radio listed under Admiral and Knight.
Apex 32 Cathedral

  This is a beautiful Apex 32 cathedral radio. I believe this radio was manufactured by US Radio and Television in Marion, Indiana. I purchased this radio off e-Bay, and it has a wonderful original finish. This is simply a beautiful radio, with many varying hardwood veneers on the case...awesome!
Atwater Kent 856

  I bought this AK Tombstone for $30 at the May, 2004 IHRS meet. It was in pretty bad shape, but after a lot of work refinishing it, the radio looks quite nice now. Read about the restoration.
Avalon Cathedral

  I found this 4-tube TRF at an antique mall - it's a wonderful little cathedral. I've touched up some of the brown trim, other than that, I've left the case alone. It's in decent shape, and has some interesting shading effects in the lacquer - something that would be near impossible to refinish properly.
Austin Cathedral

  This beautiful radio was a swap meet purchase. It's been refinished, and works fine. These seem to be pretty uncommon - I thought it was made in Austin, TX, but the schematic lists Los Angeles as the place of manufacture. The grille has an "A" in it, though I prefer to think that it looks like the Eiffel Tower. Either way, this is an awesome radio.
Concord Tombstone

  This five tube tombstone is a recent antique mall purchase. It's already been refinished, and it looks pretty good. This radio has a variety of different veneers on it, including birdseye maple and walnut. I suspect this is a Belmont radio with a "generic" tag on it.
Coronado C6D18

  This Coronado is very similar to Belmont and Airline radios of the time. In fact, they were probably all made by the same company and simply marketed under different names. This is all original and works well!
Crosley 5V1

  This Crosley was in need of some help when I bought it on e-Bay. The case had veneer damage and of course needed to be refinished. I think it turned out beautifully. The case has zebrawood, walnut and rosewood (?) veneers. Read about the restoration here.
Crosley 179, "Dual Seventy"  

This Crosley was purchased off of e-Bay during the summer of 2006, and is also known as the "Dual Seventy". I had been looking for one for years. The cabinet has a slight veneer chip on the top edge, and the set was refinished. I've decided to leave it "as is" for now, although I may refinish it sometime in the future. The cabinet front is veneered with Nyssa wood, which seems to be quite uncommon. Click the brochure to the right, or picture to left for larger images.
Crosley 515, 1934

  This Crosley was a real basket case when I bought it on e-Bay. The radio was completely refinished, and restored electronically. The radio works pretty well and looks wonderful. Read about the restoration.
Crosley 713

  This is a beautiful 7-tube Crosley tombstone which was purchased off e-Bay. The radio has black accents with striking grain around the edges. The top and sides are toned lacquer. The entire radio is set off nicely with a chrome dial bezel. The tuning knob is a two handled chrome affair, with black accents. Click the picture to the left for a full size picture, and a copy of the advertisement for this radio.
Crosley Fiver

  This is a small five tube tombstone style radio from the later 1930's. The radio is pretty plain, but does have a very nice mirrored dial. I purchased this radio in the summer of 2002 in Columbus, Wisconsin. It needed to be refinished, which I finally accomplished in the summer of 2003! It retains its original grille cloth, and is a nice looking radio.
Delco 1106, 1935

  This Delco was completely refinished, and restored electronically. I actually used two radios to make one complete, restored unit. The radio works great and sounds wonderful. Read about the restoration.
Delta DeLuxe

  This is a cute wood radio. It was in very poor shape as found but both the cabinet and the electronics have been restored. Read about the restoration.
DeWald 701, 1938

  I love the look of this DeWald...3 knobs, 6 pushbuttons, and a big, gold stationized dial with brass trim. Lovingly restored from a basket case... read about the restoration.
Emerson AX-212

  This Emerson has a beautiful Ingraham cabinet. It was purchased on e-Bay during the summer of 2005. It's a very small, yet stunningly beautiful radio. This example has its original finish.
Emerson DB-347, 1941

  This Emerson has a beautiful Ingraham cabinet. It was purchased at a local antique mall, and required a refinishing and a touch of veneer work. It's very similar to the model 351 below.
Emerson DB-351, 1941

  This Emerson has a beautiful Ingraham cabinet. It was purchased on e-Bay in the summer of 2003 and refinished. The radio turned out spectacular! The quality of the Ingraham cabinets is wonderful.
Emerson 34

  This beautiful little Emerson tombstone was purchased at an antique mall in Sauk City, WI, in the winter of 2003. It has a great original finish, and supposedly is in an Ingraham cabinet. Note the wonderful shading effects on the trim and wood case, these would be almost impossible to replicate if the radio needed to be refinished.
Emerson 561  

  This Emerson has a beautiful Ingraham case. It's certainly more "modern" than many others, and I believe it to be post-war. I carefully refinished this radio, and it turned out beautifully. It's one of my favorite radios now. I also have the brown bakelite version.
Emerson 713  

  This is a pretty little post-war Emerson that some call the "Sunburst". This radio is more often seen in a plastic case, coming in several different colors. I like this wood version, which came to me needing a refinish. I think it turned out beautifully.
Firestone S-7403-3, 1939

  This Firestone was purchased in 2001 from an antiques shop. It needed complete restoration. The radio has been refinished. I like the handle, as if to indicate portability - though it has no battery power. Read about the restoration.
General Electric L-633, 1942

  This GE radio sports a beautiful Ingraham cabinet made of multiple walnut veneers with wonderful curves. Many GE radios are sort of blah, this is one of their best. This radio was purchased on e-Bay in January of 2004 for $20! It was in poor shape when it arrived, requiring refinishing. This cabinet got the whole package -- strip, sand, grain fill, multiple coats of clear lacquer, and a serious rubbing out. The end result is beautiful!
General Electric L-660, 1941

  I picked up this great General Electric at a local antique mall. It almost looks like someone took an in-dash stereo out of a 1950's era car and jammed it into a walnut case. The chrome face plate, with the pushbuttons looks just fantastic. The speaker on the radio faces up out of the top.
General Electric M-63

  This GE was purchased at the 2004 MARC Lansing show, and it was the find of the meet for me! This is an incredibly rare radio, and this is the only example I have seen in years of collecting. The radio was carefully refinished, as it was in poor shape when purchased. Read about the restoration.
General Television 49

  I picked up this General Television radio at a local antique mall. It was painted white at the time, but has since been stripped and restored to its original finish.
Grunow 450, 1934

  I bought this Grunow off e-Bay in 2003. I finally got around to refinishing it in the fall of 2004 (it looked awful). I also had the chrome re-done, though it didn't quite turn out as well as I would have hoped. I did go ahead and buy a repro dial scale (these are almost always worn off), but didn't like how new it looked. The grillecloth is original. A very nice little radio!
Grunow 570

  I bought this Grunow at Lansing, 2004. When I first saw this radio, my heart skipped a little. The cabinet looked awful, but underneath, I could see a symphony of fine veneers, particularly a beautiful straight grained walnut in concert with chevron-style satinwood. All this was set off with black trim. The finish was awful, but I wanted it. I kept looking, though, but finally, late in the day I snapped it up for $30. After refinishing, the radio looks beautiful...don't you agree?
Howard 307

  This Howard was purchased in Madison, WI, during the summer of 2003. I refinished the top, as well as the trim on the top and bottom. This radio has photofinish strips along the sides, so that part of the radio was not stripped, it was just restored. The grille cloth is a replacement, I love the big gold dial! This is a very pleasing radio to look at.
Majestic Cathedral

  This is a very nice looking Majestic cathedral radio from the smart-set line. I bought this at the IHRS fall meet in 2005. The cabinet has a nice original finish. The chassis in these radios sits on end, vertically!
Majestic Extension Speaker

  OK, this isn't a radio...but a rare Majestic chrome front extension speaker, in perfect original condition. It's a beautiful, small speaker which Majestic manufactured at the same time as their chrome front radios. It has a wonderful original finish.
Majestic 44, "Duo Chief", 1933

  This is a nice little radio, purchased off e-Bay. The grille is aluminum, so they don't rust. The cases on these are very cheap, they just fall apart. I also have the more "Deco" version with black trim, but it has yet to be restored.
Majestic 55, "Duette", 1933

  Another beautiful Majestic chrome front radio....I won't rest until I've got them all! This was an e-Bay purchase, it's been refinished and looks quite nice. The black trim perfectly sets off the birdseye maple cabinet..the radio originally cost $35.50.
Majestic 161

  This is another beautiful chrome front Majestic radio. This one was purchased in a sad state off of e-Bay, and restored. It's a very, very rare radio that isn't seen often, and rarely comes up for sale. It has since become one of my favorite chrome front radios. Read about the restoration here.
Majestic 291, 1932

One of my favorites! This Majestic was found in an antique mall during the summer of 2002. It retains its original finish.....and it works, too! An impressive looking and beautifully styled radio. Click the ad to the right to see the entire ad for this radio.
Majestic 311, 1932

This Majestic is a beautiful, gothic styled tombstone. It has a reasonably nice original finish, and plays well. For the photo, I borrowed the knobs from my Majestic 291 above, as this radio does not currently have the correct knobs on it.Click the ad to the right to see the entire ad for this radio.
Majestic 461, "Master Six", 1933

This is a nice tombstone radio from the 1933 Majestic lineup. It features a 6-tube chassis, matched butt walnut front, and a chromium grille. Unlike models 44 and 55 above, this is real chrome - not aluminum. The current picture shows the radio with the wrong knobs, though I have finally found some correct ones. Just need to take a new picture...
Majestic 463 "Century Six", 1933

This Majestic is a beautiful, chome front tabletop radio. This radio gets my award as one of the most difficult to refinish out there. The top and sides are deep, dark brown, but the toned lacquer is destroyed on most, showing the cheap wood underneath. Replicating this brown color took a lot of time and effort (most toners are too red). Mixing some green toner (van dyke brown) worked well to "brown" the reddish toners down a bit. The chrome was replated...it's a beautiful thing. Sorry about the reflection in the chrome!
Philco Jr.

  This Philco Jr (model 80 or 81) came from a swap meet for $35. It needed to be refinished, and needed a new grille cloth. It turned out pretty well. It's a cute little cathedral, quite simple and clearly at the lower end of the Philco line.
Philco 37-9, 1937

  I purchased this Philco at an antique mall recently. The finish was gone and it had a couple veneer chips. I refinished it and fixed the chips. The radio turned out pretty well. The grille cloth is a bit stained, but I left it as-is. I like the contrasting veneers in this radio. I have seen other Philco 37-9's with a contrasting strip of veneer on the top-front of the case, as well.
Philco 38-12, 1938

  This Philco is a great little radio. It was purchased from an antique/junk shop, and it was painted white when I got it. It has since been restored to its original look, and it looks and sounds great. Read about the restoration.
Philco 42-321, 1942

  This Philco was purchased for just $12 in the Spring of 2003. It needed some veneer work on the mahogany front, and a refinish. It's a cute design and it turned out very well. I'm a sucker for any radio with black lacquer details. I don't think the knobs are correct for this model.
Philco 45, 1935

  This Philco is known as "The Butterfly". It's a beautiful radio, and it is all original. There are two small veneer chips on the lower right side, in the black trim, which I have declined to fix. Otherwise, it is perfect.
Philco 89, 1935

  This Philco 89 was bought at a swap meet and refinished in black and toned lacquers. This finish is not exactly traditional - most 89's I've seen are two toned brown, I did this one in brown and black. It looks great, much like the Philco 45 above, and the 16b tombstone I'd love to have. I've seen a couple other 89's done this way, but I have no idea if they were original. Read about the restoration.
Pioneer Tombstone

  This Pioneer was refinished and restored. It's a nice little 5-tuber manufactured by Belmont. The front has some nice alternating grains of walnut, the top and sides are toned wood.
RCA T10-1, 1936

  This is a large and impressive ten tube RCA tombstone. This example has the original finish and grille cloth. It is quite heavy, and has a luxurious feel to the dial tuning. This example has the wrong center tuning knob. I looked quite awhile for one of these, as it is a highly desirable radio.
RCA 94X, 1938

  This RCA was purchased off e-Bay in the summer of 2001 for a few bucks. It was pretty much destroyed. It is a small, tombstone style radio with four tubes. It was in very poor condition, needing refinishing, new grille cloth, and a new dial.
RCA R-74, 1933

  This is another huge ten tube tombstone, but a little older and with a more gothic flavor to it. I find these gothic styled radios to be quite attractive, the tall, sweeping lines have a real architectural flair.

This example was refinished by a previous owner. It's a pretty good job, so I've left it alone.

Setchell Carlson 4160

  This Setchell Carlson is a 6-volt battery radio which was converted to AC operation sometime in its life. The finish was poor, so I refinished the set and it has turned out quite well. The grillecloth is also a replacement. A rather plain looking radio, but nice nonetheless.
Silvertone 4764

  This Silvertone is a beautiful, all original radio. It was purchased at a local antique mall, and cleaned up. This is an 8-tube radio, including tuning eye. It's not listed in any price guides, but I have seen one other for auction on e-Bay.
Silvertone 7038, 1942

  This Silvertone tombstone was a complete restoration - both case and electronics were restored. This radio has a phono jack as well as push-pull output, so it is a great one to hook a CD player up to to listen to old radio programs and music. Read about the restoration.
Skyrover 675, 1934

  This Skyrover is all original, and it is in beautiful shape. This is a Belmont designed radio, resold under the Skyrover brand. As a Belmont, it is sometimes referred to as the "Coat and Vest" radio (I have no idea why). One of my nicest tombstones.
Simplex Model P Deluxe

  This Simplex tombstone is a tiny radio, it's about the height of a two liter bottle of soda. It has a pretty simple little four-tube chassis. The radio had some cabinet damage from a burn when it was bought. It was refinished and now looks wonderful. Read about the restoration.
Sonora RCU-208, 1939

  This Sonora was refinished before I bought it. It looks pretty good, although the trim should probably be toned a bit. It's an Ingraham cabinet, and a very nice radio.
Stewart Warner R-1235A, 1933

  This is a beautiful, all original Stewart Warner metal grille tombstone. The grille is actually aluminum, though it is sometime referred to as as a "chrome front". The original finish on this radio has a few scratches, but is in remarkably good condition for its age.
Stewart Warner R-1252, 1933

  This Stewart Warner was purchased at the Lansing Swap in 2002. The cabinet has been refinished, though it is not as dark as the picture would indicate. The chassis currently has a pm speaker and the old field coil instead of the original speaker. I guess the speaker was blown out but the coil was OK. I'd like to finish it with a regular electrodynamic speaker, if I can find one.
Stewart Warner R-1262A, 1933

  This Stewart Warner is the most beautiful radio in my collection. The case is perfect - not a bad place on it, with a nice original finish. This radio is not working due to a missing speaker.
Stewart Warner R-127A "Prado", 1933

  This Stewart Warner was purchased off e-Bay at some time or another, in poor condition. It had holes drilled in the case, missing veneer, and badly needed a refinish. Read about the restoration here.
Stewart Warner R-142-AS

  This Stewart Warner was purchased off e-Bay in the fall of 2002. It had already been refinished and works well. This is a nice looking little tabletop, and I really do like the Stewart Warner sets. They have great style.
Stromberg Carlson 500-J, 1940

  This is a beautiful, beautiful radio. Enough said!
Superdyne, 1935

  This radio appears to be the same as the Pla-Pal model 586DC, from 1935. When I purchased this radio, it was painted white. You can read about the restoration here. It turned out beautifully, quite the little show stopper. These radios don't have great performance, but I do believe they have great looks.
Truetone D-2211

  I found this radio under a table at the Lansing meet in 2002. For $20, I quickly snapped it up! This is the uncommon wood version of a very popular bakelite radio. The cabinet is made by Ingraham and I refinished it. I've never seen another wood model of this radio.
Union Deluxe, mid-1930's

  This is an interesting mid-1930's set by Union Deluxe. I call this the "spare parts" radio. The dial scale has a SW band on it, but this radio never had it. The cabinet was drilled for 3 knobs, but the "Union Deluxe" tag is over the third hole. Most of the tube sockets have the wrong number on them. I'm thinking this radio was cobbled together from spare parts. It's an AC-DC trf with a tuning eye. Weird!
Westinghouse WR-10A "Columette", 1931

  A huge, heavy Westinghouse tombstone from 1931! This radio has its original finish, albeit with a few scratches on top. This 8-tube radio has all balloon style tubes, just as it would have when purchased in 1931.
Wilcox Gay

  This is an interesting Wilcox Gay radio. This radio has metal grilles which are finished in black lacquer. The dial sits under the interesting circular pattern of the left trim, while the speaker is under the right. I refinished this radio, and repaired some veneer damage. It has a walnut front, but the rest of the radio is toned poplar. The grille cloth is not an exact match for the original, but it is close.
Zenith 4V-31 Battery Tombstone, 1935

  I picked this set up recently in an antique mall for $50. I can't really afford the nicer Zenith black dial sets, which might command $1,000, but this battery radio does just fine. It's electronically unrestored, and the finish is the original - somewhat tired, but presentable.
Zenith 288, 1934

  This is one of my favorite radios, and I was ecstatic when I was able to purchase a nice example of it. The cabinet of this radio just blows me away, I love the strong art-deco lines, contrasting veneers, grains, and the black top and trim. I believe this radio has been refinished, and whoever did it did a very good job. This is a big, 8-tube tombstone, and a very nice performing radio.
Wood Console Radios

I have a few of these, many in unrestored condition, but I'm running out of space!

Kingston 600-B, 1934

  Easily my favorite console radio, this Kingston was made in Kokomo, Indiana. I love the woodwork, and the radio does sound great as well.