Emerson 511 "Moderne" Green Bakelite Raymond Loewy Designed Mid-Century Radio
Great Gold + Black Swirls
Retro Raymond Loewy Designed Emerson 511 in Pistachio Green Plaskon with great gold marbling made in 1947. The radio is also refereed to as the "Moderne" and is a highly collectible eye-catching radio. The design is credited to famous industrial designer Raymond Loewy, the designer of Deco locomotives, Studebakers, and many well-known corporate logos. The radio features a design unlike any other.
The clear plastic bubble dial cover floats over the gold painted metallic grill, which covers much of the front. A block of ivory Plaskon, whose back has a recess for the pilot light, anchors the dial cover to the cabinet at its top. When you turn on the radio, the illuminated block sheds a soft light over the dial, a beautiful effect in a darkened room. Radio has a cleverly designed molded handle on the top that also served to ventilate the set, as this set is closed on all sides and is designed to be viewed from all angles.
The radio is in original, untouched condition, with a beautiful and natural gloss and is just a great example of this Raymond Loewy Emerson radio. The beautiful and brightly colored marbleized pistachio green Plaskon Bakelite cabinet is in great original condition, with no chips, major cracks, burns or repairs. All the case has are two very small hairlines. These hairlines in no way detract from the beauty of this set. The fist hairline can be seen to the left of the logo by speaker grill, a common area for this set to have a hairline. The second is a small 3/4" brownish line in the left side of the radio towards the bottom that can barely be seen even when looking for it. The original plastic dial bubble has a small amount of warp and yellowing, normal for this model. The gold painted metal perforated mesh grill has a few small areas of oxidation/wear. Radio retains the original ivory Plaskon knobs and manufacturers sticker on the bottom and inside of case.
Radio measures approximately: 11.5" wide x 7.5" high x 6.5" 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.