Radios! R112-R113
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R-112.   $325

Silvertone tall case clock-radio “Alden”, 1931-32.  So, here’s something you don’t see every day; a tall case clock-radio.  Just like a tall case (grandfather) clock, but with a radio in the bottom, and the clock is electric; in this case, a Hammond electric.  It’s a 6-tube superheterodyne AM receiver made by Sears, Roebuck & Co.  “The cabinet is a piano finished in handsome walnut veneer” and stands 63 inches high, so it is equivalent to a grandmother clock.  It is in excellent shape; I see no defects, chips or scratches in the finish, and it seems likely it was refinished not too long ago.  It has a 10-inch speaker in the bottom and will pick up AM stations when a long wire antenna is attached (included).  There are three wooden knobs to control the radio: on/off/volume, tuning, and tone.  The small dial is lit from above.  Both power cords have been replaced and the electronics gone over and replaced as needed.  The clock is a spin-start and is running and keeping time.  I am told these are not all that uncommon, but it is the first I have seen.  As these clocks sold for $62.50 in the depth of the Great Depression, you can imagine that you had to be remarkably well off to purchase one.  $350-$500.

 

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R-113.   $500

Crosley Model 124 tall case clock-radio “Playtime”, 1931-32.  Another tall case clock-radio, 67 inches tall, this one from the Crosley Radio Corporation.  The case is of walnut veneer on the front and sides in fine condition with a nice burled walnut veneer around the clock face and above the 10-inch speaker.  The dial appears to be paper and is in excellent shape; I can’t exclude the possibility that it is a replacement paper dial, but it is identical to those I can find on other examples of this model and the interior shows no signs of the dial board ever having been removed from the case.  The clock is a “spin-start” and will start up if you turn the handle in the back at the right speed.  The restored 8-tube, superheterodyne radio powers up and picks up AM stations with good volume and sound; it requires an extended wire antenna.  Both power cords were replaced. The dial is brightly lit from behind.  Three original knobs in front to control on/off/volume, tone, and tuning.  Another expensive depression-era clock; this one listed for $95 in 1931 – that’s almost $1500 in today’s dollars.  $500-$1000.

 

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