AWA Fisk Radiolette "Empire State" Radio in Beetle Plastic Bakelite
Beautiful AWA Fisk Skyscraper Radio in Marbled Beetle Plastic
Art Deco scarce 1930's Skyscraper FISK Radiolette by AWA "Empire State" tube radio made of a lustrous highly marbled Beetle Plastic Bakelite, with beautifully contrasting chrome dial bezel surround. The ivory base color of the Beetle Plastic Plaskon with the purple, navy and bright orange marbling make this radio stand out. Strong Art Deco elements are at the very heart of this 1934 model's design, including, stepped "Skyscraper" design, molded vertical and horizontal rounded cross-ribbing that heightens the cabinet's exceptional look.
Amalgamated Wireless Australia (A.W.A.) produced a number of Radiolette models over the years in a variety of sizes, designs, and materials. But the one that every radio collector wants is the 1934 model that is officially named "The Fisk". Collectors for obvious architectural reasons also refer to this model as “The Skyscraper” or “Empire State”, and it is reputedly the first Bakelite case radio ever produced in Australia. This radio is the AUS version of the American made Air King "Skyscraper" designed by Harold Van Doren. Interesting features on this radio include listings of the Australian and New Zealand radio station call letters around the frequency selector dial, plus a distant and local ("D/L") switch at the rear of the chassis.
Radio is in wonderful original condition with only some small tight hairlines in the fragile Plaskon case and knobs. Grill cloth, knobs, chrome trim and dial face are original to the radio.
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.