Near Mint, 100% Original 1925 Pink-a-tone No. 34 "detector-of-the-air" Radio For Sale
Make sure to check out all of my sales after you look at this one. I'm listing some scarce, eminently collectible technological antiques this week, and all of them are in near mint original condition. You will not be disappointed, even if you're desire is only to admire.The story of the Pinkerton Electric Equipment Co. is shrouded in more than a bit of mystery. Known alternately as the Pinkerton Radio Corporation and later integrated into Sunbeam Radio Sales, Akradyne and the Stanwood Electric Specialty Co. -- all of which were at one point located at the same Broadway street address in New York City -- Pinkerton initially marketed its radios under the brand name of "Pink-A-Tone: Detector of the Air." The company's line of receivers included a crystal set and at least 3 different tube radios, two of which -- like the beautiful TRF broadcast receiver pictured here -- had exposed tubes protruding from a dark red bakelite panel. Very little documentation (outside of instruction manuals) exists for the company, and the exact relationship among the 5 corporations named above really isn't clear. What I know about this radio is that it was designated the Pink-A-Tone Model No. 34 by its manufacturer. Whether it was marketed by Pinkerton, Sunbeam, Akradyne or Stanwood is not known. There is no decal or tag on it, nor was there ever one (the finish is original and close to perfect, with no trace of a varnish transfer, nor any tiny holes from a metal tag), but given the condition of the set -- which is exceptionally clean -- I think there's a pretty good chance that this radio never made it out of the factory, much less to the point where it would have been labeled and sold. This scarce 90-year-old receiver is immaculate. Except for the tiny rubber vernier controls built into the bottoms of the dials, which have dried out with the passage of time, this set is in all respects near mint -- a time warp original. Nearly perfect panel, nearly perfect lettering, nearly perfect cabinet (a few tiny nicks but a nearly flawless unchecked finish), perfect coils, perfect wiring, perfect solder connections, perfect condensers, perfect binding posts and binding post nuts. And about those dials with the tiny built-in verniers: I've never seen anything like them. Have you?The two AF transformers are original (and in mint condition like everything else), but they have have open windings and will need to be bridged or re-wound if you wish to make the radio operational. The radio is otherwise beyond cosmetic or electrical reproach and will be shipped with 5 good 01A tubes. That's about it. I will package everything carefully and properly, and I can assure you that it will show up at your doorstep in the same fine condition in which it leaves mine. I have been shipping antique phonographs and radios for years, and if you check my response, you'll see that I know how to do it correctly. Buyer prepays and includes shipping. Paypal okay.
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