1920s Vintage Philmore Selective Crystal Radio Receiving Set - WORKS!

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  • Item Category: Tools
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 13, 2014
  • Channel: Auction House
1920s Vintage Philmore Selective Crystal Radio Receiving Set

Description
This auction is for a nice 1920s vintage Philmore Selective Crystal Radio Receiving Set.
This was Philmore's deluxe model with a 6-position tap switch that allowed the user to Select different taps on the internal coil and have better selectivity. Aerial and Ground connections are marked on the left binding terminals, and Headphone connections are marked on the right terminals. The crystal detector uses a cats whisker (wire) touching a galena crystal, and there is a dial for tuning in stations. The cabinet is metal with textured paint.

Condition
Good condition. See photos. Top, sides, and back all have the original black textured paint, with a few minor blemishes, but still in very nice condition for its age. The 'Philmore' decal on top is partially missing. The front panel is missing one small screw. It has the original crystallized 'Silver' finish in good condition although there is some light corrosion or dirt in some areas. The glass dome over the crystal has two cracks in it, so it is fragile, but at least it is still here since these domes are commonly missing.

I connected the radio to an antenna, ground, and a pair of high impedance headphones (not included) and after finding a sensitive spot for the cats whisker to rest
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