ATWATER KENT 1928 MODEL 52 ANTIQUE RADIO LITTLE STOVE

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  • Item Category: Tools
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Sep 15,2007
  • Channel: Online Auction

Up for sale is an antique Atwater Kent radio that was found in my great uncles barber shop in Glenwood Iowa. I believe he bought the shop in the 30's or 40's. T is a name penciled in on the inside and it reads: HOMEY BLACK. This radio has been painted red and blue a long time ago, and was originally green crinkle. T is one or two knobs missing and the speaker needs re-coned because it is rotted out. It has not been tested to see if it works. I was told that a thorough cleaning shold be done on the electronics otherwise it could be permanently harmed. This radio is being sold as is. We don't know if it works or not. It is a very unique radio, as the entire structure is made of steel and it a little heavy. Some online sources state that it is a 1928 and other state that it is a 1927. For some reason it appars to have the model 53 legs on it.

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is what I was able to find on the internet about it:
Does the radio look like a wood stove? This month's radio is a 1927 Atwater Kent model 52 "Little Stove" parlor radio. As radios began to be considered "furniture", some of them took on very unusual cabinet designs. Atwater Kent, considered to be a major player amongst radio manufacturers in the 1920s, packaged their sets in a wide variety of cabinetry ranging from conservative breadbox tabletops to some outrageous art deco offerings. They also made some of the finest and most collectable "breadboard" radios ever made. Atwater Kent radios were considered to be high quality sets and were found at the upper end of the price range. Like many radios of the later 1920s, the Little Stove is a single dial three stage TRF receiver. Similar in many ways to the RCA Radiola 18 featured last month. The radio was intended as a "parlor radio" and featured an unusually large loudspeaker for producing enough volume to be heard in large room or noisy household. It should also be noted that the speaker is built in, which was a fairly new concept at the time. It is an AC powered set and like the RCA, featured a separate power supply (brown box towards the back) which implies that it might have been offered with a battery supply for rural use w electricity was not yet available. The cabinet is made of steel and was offered with a choice of several finishes including a black, brown or green crinkle paint and also in a smooth gloss black. The lid is removable to allow servicing. Although it is a floor model radio, it is not considered a "console" by most collectors as it stands less than 36 inches tall.

THIS RADIO IS PRETTY HEAVY AND TFORE WILL REQUIRE LOCAL PICK UP OR YOU MAY ARRANGE PICK UP AND SHIPPING BY USING THIS IS BEING SOLD AS IS, NO RETURN.

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