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.
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.