Air King 52 Radio 'Skyscraper' with Egyptians - Harold Van Doren
Striking American Art Deco Air King Radio Design
The Air King 'Skyscraper' Model 52 radio with the Egyptian insert is a true American Art Deco icon. John Sideli in his book "Classic Plastic Radios of the 30's and 40's" called it "one of the most important plastic radios ever made". This ivory plaskon with black trim Air King Model 52 was designed by Harold Van Doren + John Gordon Rideout for the Air King Products Company of New York in 1933. This early model radio constructed of plaskon(an early plastic ), has the rarer Egyptian insert on its waterfall facade and the large deco 'AK" tuning knob. The fragile nature of the Air King radios has made them extremely rare + desirable.
Radio is all-original and in fabulous condition with only a few small hairlines and small scratches consistent with manufacturing process, age and use. The Deco black + silver Egyptian insert is original and in great condition with only slight signs of age. The three black bakelite knobs + the two ivory top bars are original to the radio and perfect. Radio retains the original grill cloth and metal bottom panel. Speaker is not installed in radio, as it is safer to display the Air King without the heavy speaker hanging from top of cabinet.
The radio measures approximately: 11.75" High by 8.75" Wide by 6.75" Deep. This set is sold "as-is + untested", the chassis seems complete. Set is being sold as a "non-working" vintage electronic device that should be gone over by a qualified technician.