Motorola Catalin 52 'Vertical Grill' Radio in Plum + Butterscotch
Stunning Art Deco Motorola "Vertical Grill" Catalin Radio
Deco Motorola 52 catalin 'Vertical Grill' radio in plum/maroon + butterscotch. This model is the first in a series of three different Catalin cabinet radios produced by Motorola. Manufactured in 1939 by Motorola Radio also known to collectors as the 'Vertical Grill', due to the unique vertically louvered grill. This Motorola design highlights the Art Deco elements of the era.
The details in the design are unique with its vertically louvered grill which feathers out from the center to the left and right and hexagonal knobs makes for an unusual design and highly sought after radio. The cabinet features 2 parallel streamlined hand incised ridges that stretch around the case bringing all the elements together. The golden dial face is also decorated with deco numerals and the Motorola logo written in script. This is an exquisitely crafted Art Deco radio.
The catalin has a deep shine that makes its rich maroon + butterscotch colors glow. This stunning radio is in excellent condition with no cracks, chips, tube burns or repairs to the cabinet or trim. Butterscotch knobs and grill are original to radio and in perfect condition. Radio retains the original paper manufactures label affixed to the bottom of the cabinet and the "Aero-Vane" back panel antennae. Radio has been well taken care of and only shows some small signs of age + careful use.
Measures approximately: 9.4" wide x 5.75" high x 4.4" 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.