Rare Radialva "Super-Boum" Radio w/ Separate Speaker
Unique Circular Design French Radialva "Super-Boum" w/ Aux Speaker
Seldom seen Radialva "Super-Boum" Radio with rare matching auxiliary speaker in white Plaskon with contrasting green Tenite grill + knobs. The "Super Boum" is a unique round shaped radio manufactured by Radialva in France circa 1940's. It is one of the most prized Bakelite radios from the French vintage radio market that is rarely available in the States.
The design was inspired by the British "Ekco" radio in the forties, and the radio's high price and radical design with its bulls-eye grill was not well received by the public. Less than 2,000 Super Boum's were sold making this an extremely rare find. The unique styling and great condition would make this radio a truly beautiful and unique addition to any radio collection.
This is an interesting design that uses two similar, equal sized pieces of Bakelite that come together in the center, secured by plastic screws. The chassis is inserted in the center and then enclosed by two pieces of Bakelite, like a suitcase. This French made Radialva radio with its circular design, clam-shell(interlocking) cabinet design + concentric circle grill is unlike any other radios of the time that makes for an absolutely stunning radio. The original half circle gold colored plastic dial face with names of cities around Europe is in great condition. Speaker cabinet is same size as radio with same green tenite grill, glued on knobs and a fan shaped metal "foot" that swings out to hold it upright as it is only the thickness of the front of cabinet.
This particular example is a stunning radio and speaker is excellent original condition with no cracks, chips, burns, or repairs to the cabinets. The pure white Bakelite cabinets have a wonderful natural gloss to it. This "Super Boum" has been well taken care of and only has some small scratches/marks consistent with light use and one almost invisible 1/2" stress line on the back section of cabinet. The fragile green Tenite grills are complete and factory original to the radio. The Tenite knobs have some shrinkage/stress-lines as seen in the photos. These little items do not detract from the beauty and rarity of this radio and speaker set. The semi-circle brown and gold dial scale reverse painted is in great condition.
This unique radio measures approximately: 8.5" wide by 9" high by 5.5" deep. This set is sold "as-is + untested", the complex round chassis of this radio seems complete, has a European plug. Set is being sold as a "non-working" vintage electronic device that should be gone over by a qualified technician.