Up for auction is a vintage GENERAL ELECTRIC tube clock radio in a black bakelite case. Model 500, circa 1940's or early 1950's.
Super cool vintage clock radio! Old black bakelite case (tests positive with Simichrome) has great art deco shaping. Shiny gold plate with easy to read Roman Numeral numbers in maroon. Clock face is light green. Large hour and minute hands and gold second hand with convex clear plastic cover. White station tuner dial near top of radio. Three white knobs. Top knob is for setting alarm time. Reads "Set" on left; "Alarm" on right. Pull out to turn maroon alarm dial on face of clock. Bottom knob has settings of "Wake Up", "Off" and "Manual". For operating radio or activating alarm. Large white knob just above gold GENERAL ELECTRIC face plate on bottom front is radio volume control. GENERAL ELECTRIC label on bottom of case - see photo #3 for close up.
Long electrical cord with the old-style ungrounded plug. Works in any standard electrical outlet.LARGE SIZE! Measures approximately 10 1/2 inches in width, 6 1/4 inches in height and 6 inches in depth.
Purchased recently at the high-end estate sale of a vintage electronics collector, this item is in extraordinarily nice condition and has been well cared for. No missing parts or knobs. The case has no cracks, chips, breaks, spots or stains, but has minor surface scratching/marks (no deep gouges) and could use a clean-up. It was pretty dusty and we gave it just a quick wipe down, but we will leave a more thorough cleaning up to the new owner. Inside back of case (what we can see in with a flashlight) is also dusty, but when you plug it in, tubes light up. All dials work and are easy to set. Couldn't get clock going, but maybe we just don't know the trick. Piece of tape on plug end. Plug works fine but should be replaced with a new one for safety reasons. Radio plays well. Takes a few seconds to warm up but pulls in stations pretty good and sounds great. Gets AM stations only - numbers on tuner dial go from 55 to 160.
Super cool vintage clock radio. Case is b right and shiny and displays well. No discoloration so a ny white or shiny spots seen in photos are camera flash reflections, and NOT a defect in the color of the radio. IT IS GORGEOUS! It is pretty heavy, though, and may be pricey to ship if you live a great distance from New York. Please check the eBay Automatic Postage Calculator located at the bottom of this listing to calculate your expected postage.
A great decorative item for your art deco or retro decor! Would look great on a kitchen counter top or on top of the refrigerator. Any vintage car buff would love this for his garage.
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