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 Post subject: Identifying radios
PostPosted: Jan Thu 04, 2018 10:25 pm 
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I have been given an old tabletop that is so old that the frequency dial is calibrated from 1 to 10. It appears that the case is tooled leather but most likely, cardboard. I have been unable to find any model numbers or any other clues as to its origin. Could its age be narrowed down with the tube line up or is there some other ways to pin down what era?
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 Post subject: Re: Identifying radios
PostPosted: Jan Thu 04, 2018 11:45 pm 
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Here are a couple images.


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 Post subject: Re: Identifying radios
PostPosted: Jan Thu 04, 2018 11:51 pm 
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That's about 1934, give or take a year. Can you show the back side or chassis. Many times more identifiable information can be derived by looking at the chassis.

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 Post subject: Re: Identifying radios
PostPosted: Jan Sat 06, 2018 12:52 pm 
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Is it upside down? The words on the set are upside down and backwards.


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 Post subject: Re: Identifying radios
PostPosted: Jan Thu 11, 2018 5:46 pm 
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Here, let's flip it over, chassis down.
It looks like a cloth product with a leather-like finish, probably pressed or stamped.
And it will be a 4 tube curtain burner. most likely.

I found this on a web site: "Produced by coating fabric with nitrocellulose and marketed as artificial leather, Fabrikoid was widely used in upholstery, luggage and book bindings during the early 20th century. In the 1920s, Fabrikoid became the preferred material for automobile convertible tops and seat covers…but by the 1940s new, more durable vinyl-coated fabrics overtook the market."

Fabrikoid. 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Identifying radios
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Looks like an enraged owl.


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 Post subject: Re: Identifying radios
PostPosted: Jan Sat 13, 2018 8:54 pm 
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lorenz200w wrote:
Looks like an enraged owl.
Whooo are you? Hoo hoo .... 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Identifying radios
PostPosted: Jan Sun 14, 2018 5:33 am 
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Those knobs are often found on Emersons. That is a very unique radio. Because of the dial calibration it may be a TRF. I have another emerson with the same setup in a plain-jane cabinet. Very nice find.
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 Post subject: Re: Identifying radios
PostPosted: Jan Sun 14, 2018 9:35 am 
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Please tell us the tubes used.


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 Post subject: Re: Identifying radios
PostPosted: Jan Sat 20, 2018 6:59 am 
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Those knobs are often found on Emersons. That is a very unique radio. Because of the dial calibration it may be a TRF. I have another emerson with the same setup in a plain-jane cabinet. Very nice find.
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Those knobs were generic, could be bought from catalogs. This would be probably TRF and no AGC, probably from 1934.
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 Post subject: Re: Identifying radios
PostPosted: Jan Sat 20, 2018 3:13 pm 
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Let's have a shot of the rear. Are there any labels on the cabinet bottom or back?

It is incredible shape for its age. I think someone posted pictures here of a similar set, several years ago.

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