Garod 'Drop Handle' 1B55L Radio in Swirled Tortoise Catalin
Scarce Garod Drop-Handle with Translucent Tortoise Trim
Rare + unusual Garod 1B55L 'Drop-Handle' Catalin radio in highly marbleized tortoise brown with translucent amber/tortoise trim. This model radio has an attractive + unique feature, the flush-to-the-top hideaway drop-handle. This design feature is not found on any other radio of the time. The tortoise catalin has a deep shine that makes the color glow and show off exceptionally striking and colorful, yellow + orange marbleizing. The combo of the tortoise brown cabinet and the exceptionally striking translucent tortoise catalin trim makes for a spectacular radio. The radio is in original, untouched condition, and is just a stunning example of this rare Garod radio model. This model radio is seldom seen in colors other than all butterscotch and in this fine of a condition. This is the radio featured in John Sideli's book on Catalin radios titled "Classic Plastic Radios of the 1930's and 1940's" that was owned by important catalin collector Victor Keen and subsequently by Mark Woolley.
This radio's beautiful Catalin cabinet is in original condition with no cracks, chips, tube burns, or repairs. The radio retains its original translucent catalin knobs, grill + drop-handle all in perfect condition. The radio retains its original textured gold grill cloth. Cabinet retains the original manufactures paper label is still affixed to the bottom of cabinet. Water-slide decal + dial plastic are correct replacements. This is truly a remarkable radio in excellent condition.
This radio measures approximately: 11" Wide by 6.5" High by 6" 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.