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 Post subject: Jamestown Mantel Company, Jamestown, NY -- radio cabinet mak
PostPosted: Oct Wed 12, 2005 12:41 am 
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I have a Radiola 18, a 7-tube TRF with a long, solid-wood cabinet. The inside of the wooden back is stamped "J M CO," and there is a small tag inside the cabinet that says "Jamestown Mantel Company, Jamestown, N.Y."<P>Does anybody know anything about this outfit? I assume they made fireplace mantels before building cabinets for RCA?<P>------------------<BR>Doug Criner <A HREF="http://www.enginova.com" TARGET=_blank>http://www.enginova.com</A>


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 Post subject: Jamestown Mantel Company, Jamestown, NY -- radio cabinet mak
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The only thing I can add is that I found the same information in two of my three Radiola Model 28 sets and in a couple of the Model 104 speakers.<P>Dale<P>------------------<BR>Well......it looks like about two amps worth of solder to me.


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 Post subject: Jamestown Mantel Company, Jamestown, NY -- radio cabinet mak
PostPosted: Oct Wed 12, 2005 5:03 pm 
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Jamestown NY was a big furniuture making town I've been told. Also home of Lucille Ball and Crescent Wrenches.<P>------------------<BR>


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 Post subject: Jamestown Mantel Company, Jamestown, NY -- radio cabinet mak
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I recall seeing a brief company history, by one of the Niagara Frontier club members. Maybe in the old ARCA Gazette?<P>------------------<BR>


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 Post subject: Jamestown Mantel Company, Jamestown, NY -- radio cabinet mak
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<I>Jamestown NY was a big furniuture making town I've been told.</I><P>Yeah, was. Ethan Allen closed plants and warehouses around Jamestown, NY and Union City, PA about a year ago, and a big chair factory just burned in Jamestown. Not sure what's left now.<P>------------------<BR>Richard <BR><A HREF="http://www.dressner.com/radio.htm" TARGET=_blank>www.dressner.com/radio.htm</A>


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 Post subject: Jamestown Mantel Company, Jamestown, NY -- radio cabinet mak
PostPosted: Oct Fri 14, 2005 6:54 am 
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Have a Radiola 60 with the same tag. Evidently RCA farmed out its' chassis for cabinets in the 1920s and Jamestown was one of the makers.<P>------------------<BR>


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 Post subject: Re: Jamestown Mantel Company, Jamestown, NY -- radio cabinet
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Just to add to the count, I also have a Radiola 60 that has this same tag.
I have attempted to post a photograph of it. I don't believe it uploaded, though.

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 Post subject: Re: Jamestown Mantel Company, Jamestown, NY -- radio cabinet
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Not necessarily radio related but I believe Bush Industries is still around in Jamestown
I can recall losing a piece of hardware on something, calling them up
and they graciously sent me a new package of hardware for nothin.

http://bush.co/


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 Post subject: Re: Jamestown Mantel Company, Jamestown, NY -- radio cabinet
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You guys know this is an 8 year old thread, right?

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 Post subject: Re: Jamestown Mantel Company, Jamestown, NY -- radio cabinet
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rocketeer wrote:
You guys know this is an 8 year old thread, right?

Larry

Exactly. That's the beauty of the forum.
I initially found this topic by doing a search. I read the discussion and added to it. The other gentleman did the same.
The next person who searches Jamestown Mantel will end up here and find the additional information.
Neat and useful resource!

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 Post subject: Re: Jamestown Mantel Company, Jamestown, NY -- radio cabinet
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Jamestown Mantle also made cabinets for Edison, both before and after the December 1914 fire. The firm is known to have made A-275 and C-275 ("Sheraton with inlay") cabinets, along with "Hepplewhite", "A-100", "C-150" and "18th Century Adam" cabinets. Some Jamestown cabinets built to Edison designs have also turned up fitted with generic (generally Otto Heinemann) mechanical parts and simple wooden horns carrying various decalcomania, including "Jamestown", "Dey Brothers", "Bigola" (Bigelow's Department Store) and "Star--Ola" (Star's, Vestal NY). These machines surface from time to time in Upstate New York. A "Dey Brothers" branded "18th Century Adam" cabinet surfaced in North Adams, MA.

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 Post subject: Re: Jamestown Mantel Company, Jamestown, NY -- radio cabinet
PostPosted: Feb Fri 17, 2017 11:36 pm 
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Just to add to the count, I also have a Radiola 60 that has this same tag.
I have attempted to post a photograph of it. I don't believe it uploaded, though.


Here is an image of the tag that appeared recently on a sales site.


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 Post subject: Re: Jamestown Mantel Company, Jamestown, NY -- radio cabinet
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You might also find Radiola cabinets with tags from the following cabinet manufacturers.

R. Prescott and Sons, Keeseville, NY

Stout-Smith Trust
Manufacturers of High Grade Cabinets
Salem, Indiana
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 Post subject: Re: Jamestown Mantel Company, Jamestown, NY -- radio cabinet
PostPosted: Feb Sun 19, 2017 11:40 pm 
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Greetings all - I too am doing a Radiola 18. The only cabinet markings in mine are the initials BT stamped into the inside of one end, and the number 7341 stamped into the inside of the bottom. Any comments on these?


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 Post subject: Re: Jamestown Mantel Company, Jamestown, NY -- radio cabinet
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You might also find Radiola cabinets with tags from the following cabinet manufacturers.

R. Prescott and Sons, Keeseville, NY

Stout-Smith Trust
Manufacturers of High Grade Cabinets
Salem, Indiana


I once saw a circa 1925 Radiola cabinet with a tag indicating it was made by The Victor Talking Machine Co. This would have been a few years before RCA bought Victor. In 1925, sales of Victrolas were sharply lower, so the company would have had excess capacity.


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