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Zenith Worlds Fair Glass Rod 5r317 Vintage Radio **rare & Stunning Art Deco** For Sale
Zenith Model 5R-317 "Glass Rod" 1939 World's Fair Radio
** Rare &VERYArt Deco **
These radios are highly collectible, very hard to find in good condition and make great display pieces in any high-end collection. This one's Original, Unmolestedand WORKING!!I'm listening to KOA 85 AMwhile typing this ad....and without an antenna wire hooked up to the radio. Pretty impressive for being 75 years old!
I'll paste some historical info below for those interested in reading a bit more about this unique radio for an era long gone.
** Low Starting offer & **
Please allow $37.50 for Careful Packaging and Shipping w Insurance &Tracking Number
"Beautiful walnut finish with sparkling crystal grille - Expensive Transcontinental Automatic Tuning -- scintillating tone""the most perfect tuning since Zenith first put Automatic Tuning on a radio in 1928"
It is often referred to as the "World's Fair" model after it, and its sisters, appeared at the 1939 New York World's Fair, where Art Deco design was center stage. Little was it known at the time but that fair would portend the Grand Finale of the Art Deco period. World War 2, which soon followed, ushered in an era of austerity. Once it was over the particular exuberance of the Art Deco period was forever gone.
The chassis is an ac-powered 5-tube superheterodyne having tube line-up 6A8G (LO/mixer), 6K7G (IF amp), 6Q7G (2nd detector/AVC/1st AF), 6K6G (power amp) and 6X5G (rectifier). It tunes the standard broadcast bands.The 5R317 was described by Zenith as featuring their "Transcontinental Automatic Tip Touch Tuning" system, a new innovation for the 1939 season offered on sets costing $19.95 or more. With this technique, automatic tuning is accomplished electrically, by the switching in-and-out of tuned circuits, rather than by rotating the tuning condenser to the desired spot. The 5R317 is tuned using either the regular rotary tuning knob (lower right), active when the lowest push-button, labelled "dial", is pressed, or by pushing one of the 5 "automatic tuning" buttons, preset to a favorite station. Only the lightest pressure is required for activation, hence the description "Tip Touch".
On Jun-29-13 at 07:58:18 PDT, seller added the following information:
Lots of emails about this radio. I thought I'd add a few additional comments to answer some of the am willing to ship to Canada and Europe, but the final packaged weight is going to be close to 20 lbs, so please plan accordingly when thinking about the shipping costs.
2. Glass Rods are ALL present and in good shape. No cracks, chips or breaks. As best I can tell, they're all original.
3.The cabinet is tight and the finish appears to be original.
4. Tuning mechanism moves freely.
Hope that helps. I'll try to answer any additional questions by email.
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Zenith Worlds Fair Glass Rod 5r317 Vintage Radio **rare & Stunning Art Deco**: $560