RARE 1947 General Television ART DECO Wood Tube Radio

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  • Item Category: Tools
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Sep 01,2008
  • Channel: Online Auction

* Rare 1947 General Television ~ Model 3A5 *

For your consideration is a very hard to find 1947 General Television tube radio,Model 3A5. Many of these small GT deco sets use the same chassis but with many different cabinet styles. I would say the rarity of this model ranks right up t with my last GT wood radio restoration(see last pic).

This unique cabinet design consist of a multi-section veneered cabinet with two white & red Marquetry wood inlay strips. Starting at the bottom moving up is the dark base trim,bookmatched walnut veneer,ribbon mahogany veneer(center section),maple veneer,and a solid flamed maple top. The brown swirl trim pieces consist of tenite handle,grille,dial bezel,and knobs.

CABINET: The original yellow & faded lacquer was in very poor condition so a refinish job was in order. The good news is t's no missing veneer and the cabinet is solid. I prefer the natural color of the veneer's so only natural stain was used,then several hand-rubbed layers of lacquer(not over-kill) were applied. The outcome is a nice colorful piece with some very nice thin tiger strips on the solid maple top which I tried to show in the one photo. These little GT wood sets have always been some of my favorites to restore,this one measuring only 11"wide x 7"tall x 6"deep...perfect bookshelf radio.

ELECTRONICS: The electronics have been fully restored resulting in new capacitors,several tubes,vintage "T" shaped bakelite plug and cord,new dial bulb,felt pads on the bottom,full alignment,all moving parts lubricated,dial string replaced,all trim pieces cleaned & polished, and a repro dial cover added from my mold shop. Reception & sound is excellent just with the internal loop antenna and even better with an external wire for locations with poor reception.

Over-all a very hard to find little gem by General Television ready to be displayed & played. Thank you for looking!

PAYMENT BY PAYPAL ONLY WITHIN 48 HRS OF AUCTION CLOSING. SHIPPING IS $20, CAREFULLY BUBBLE WRAPPED,DOUBLE BOXED,AND FULLY INSURED W/TRACKING.

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