1923 Atwater Kent Model 10 Breadboard Radio In Factory Crate All
Item History and Pricing
While it may be convenient for us to believe that innovative product design began a dozen years ago with the launch of the iPhone, the practice of fusing form with function actually goes back a bit further than that. There were the Great Pyramids, of course. They were around before the iPhone. And the abacus. That was invented before Apple even went public. And the Papal Basilica of St. Peter. I don't think Michelangelo even knew Steve Jobs. So yes, the trend has legs, as the...y say in the movie business. Which is why I get a bit giddy when I'm able to present a top shelf assortment of technical antiquity like I've got lined up for you this week. My only regret is that it may be a tough act for me to follow, but I'll worry about that next week. So check it all out. Seven splendid ancient examples of industry running headlong into art. And don't forget, you can click this link to quickly add and then save me to your favorite seller list and Ebay will automatically send you updates when I put similar new auctions online.
Here's a complete, correct and wholly original 1923 Atwater Kent Model 4600 breadboard radio that looks like it might have been pulled from a time capsule three weeks ago. The radio comes with its factory shipping crate and a set of brass base tipped rainbow display tubes (low emissions or open filaments).
All of the radio's components are pristine, and the board's finish is original. Nothing has been waxed, oiled, polished or otherwise glammed up in order to make the radio more presentable. What you see is simply the result of keeping a beautiful breadboard isolated from the elements for almost a century.
The chocolate brown bakelite is glossy everywhere, with no chips, no cracks, no issues whatsoever. Brown paint on the condenser cans and TA is original, and it's nearly perfect. The engraved numbers and hash marks on all three dials are crisp and legible. The RF coils have clean original windings, and the wire is still tightly wound around the coil forms. No water stains or oil stains on the cotton sheathing, no fraying either. The TA is original to the radio, and the potting tar and transformers are pristine. Paint on the TA's mounting flange is nearly perfect, with no deterioration or flaking.
The condenser cans have no dents, no dings, no rust or corrosion eating away under the enamel. Their mounting flanges, too, are clean, with no paint deterioration or flaking. All of the brown sheathing on the wire running to the components on the top of the board is original, and all of it is in excellent condition. The binding posts on the back of the board are original, and all of them are clean. The B+ bypass capacitor on the underside of the board is original, as are all of the feet and staples.
Transformers test results: Secondary 1 -- 3280 ohms. Secondary 2 -- 3070 ohms. Primary 1 -- 1810 ohms. Primary 2 -- Open. I can send along one of Robert Lozier's tiny and excellent transformer bridges if you want to install some good globe tubes and power the radio up with an ARBEIII, but on a breadboard this minty and this original, there's no way I'm going to touch anything inside the TA.
The original mahogany board retains its factory finish, and it's just about perfect. As noted above, it has not been waxed or otherwise treated in any way to enhance its sheen, which as you can see is exceptional.
The paper tags on the underside of the board are original, and they're in nearly perfect condition, with no rips, no stains, no water damage.
The shipping crate is likewise in excellent condition. The radio fits inside the crate like a hand inside a glove, and the lid locks down on the sides securely.
Surely this is one of the nicest original breadboards to have surfaced in a long while.
That's about it. I will pack everything carefully and properly, and I can assure you that it will show up at your doorstep in the same fine condition in which its leaves mine. I have been shipping antique phonographs and radios for years, and if you check my feedback, you'll see that I know how to do it correctly. Auction participants with no prior feedback, or with hiddent feedback, should contact me before placing a bid.
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