Sparton 'Bluebird' 566 Blue Mirror Radio w/ Original Plateau Deco Teague Design
Striking Art Deco Cobalt Blue Sparton Bluebird Radio
Stunning Art Deco Sparton 'Bluebird' cobalt blue mirror model 566 radio with factory original matching plateau designed by Walter Dorwin Teague for the Sparks-Worthington Company from Jackson, Michigan in 1936. The radio, known as the 'Bluebird' is a considered to be a great example of Deco Streamline style. The radio features a 14" cobalt blue mirror disc, with contrasting ebony lacquer ball feet finished with and 3 chromed bands or 'speed lines' dissecting the circular speaker + dial surround. The symmetric, geometric shapes and accent designs are distinctively art deco in appearance.
The display plateau is an original Sparton add-on item that was offered at the time of purchase for an additional cost; please see photo of original advertising. The cobalt blue mirror measures the same size as the radio mirror 14" and is the same color. This original Sparton mirror is untouched, free of cracks, chips and has not been re-silvered; so it does show some wear and scratches The black felt on back of mirror plateau is also original. Included with the radio and plateau is a letter from original owners explaining that the radio was purchased with the plateau back in the day.
Radio is in great condition and is free of chips, or cracks to the original cobalt mirror. Wood body and ball feet have original ebony lacquer in good condition. Chrome trim, knobs and back panel are original to the radio. Mirror was at some point re-silvered and chrome re-plated. Grill cloth is a period correct replacement. This is a prime example of a highly sought after Art Deco radio that is matched by no other manufacturer in its flair and presence.
Radio measures approximately: 14.5" high by 7" 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.