Emerson BD-197 "Mae West" Art Deco Sakhnoffsky Designed Radio
Striking Design on This Rare and Beautiful Mae-West Radio
This Art Deco Emerson "Mae West" radio was designed by Count Alexis De Sakhnoffsky. This provocative design using circular shaped wood was radical in a time when rectangular tombstone radios and furniture-like consoles were stylish. No other radio made by Emerson compares to the Mae West in design. This is what makes the BD-197 quite rare today and would be the highlight of any radio collection. Radio's cabinet was made for Emerson Radio by Ingraham of Bristol, Connecticut
This example is in excellent condition and has been cosmetically restored at one time. The finish has a lustre to it and a beautiful rich color with very few imperfections/dings in the wood. The swirled Tenite dial + speaker bezels with the famous Mae West cones are in great condition with very little warpage and also have no cracks or repairs. The cone over the dial(right) has a little scuff mark on the tip which does not detract from the beauty of the radio. The original plastic dial lens has no hazing and very little yellowing and wood knobs are original. The blue, red and gold dial is colorful and looks great. The grill cloth is original and in good condition with normal discoloration, age wear and one dime sized area that is worn through.
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