Rare Sparton 457X 'Euro Sled' Radio Blue Mirror - Walter Dorwin Teague Design
Stunning European Version of the Sparton 3-Knob 557 Sled Radio
Rare export version Sparton 457X radio designed by Walter Dorwin Teague for the Sparks-Worthington Company from Jackson, Michigan in 1936. The radio, known as the 'Euro-sled' is a considered to be one of the best examples of Deco Streamline style. The 'European' version differs from the 'US' model with three distinctive features, circular art deco dial face, center tuning knob and a different chassis configuration. The graphic deco circular dial face features the names of the most important European cities of the time. The radio features cobalt blue mirrors on the front, top and left side, with contrasting ebony crystalline finish and 5 chromed bands or "speed lines". The asymmetric, geometric shapes and accent designs are distinctively art deco in appearance.
This is a prime example of a highly sought rare version art deco radio that is matched by no other manufacturer in its flair and presence.
Radio is in great all-original condition and is free of chips, or cracks to the original blue mirrors. Mirrors are original + look beautiful, with only minor surface scratches and oxidation consistent with age + use. Wood "sled" base has original ebony lacquer in great original condition with the crystalline finish still visible. Chrome is original with only minor pitting. Chassis still retains original manufacturer's gold sticker affixed to the back designating it a model 457X (X for export). Radio has original power cord with European plug and all British tubes.
Radio measures approximately: 18" wide by 8.75" high by 8" 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.