Tom Thumb 955 'Oval-Dial' Catalin Radio in Alabaster - Great Deco Design
Rare Art Deco Catalin Tom Thumb Radio
Tom Thumb Alabaster Catalin radio made in the late 1930s by the Automatic Radio Mfg. Co. The model 955 is known to collectors as the 'Oval-Dial' or 'Non-Deco'. The Tom Thumb name is a perfect fit for this radio - as it is one of the smallest radios made of catalin. This model has a design that is unique with attached catalin feet, an oval-shaped dial face, deco grill cutouts, and vertically positioned knobs. This marbleized alabaster example is original + in great condition with a beautiful glossy finish.
The beautifully marbleized catalin cabinet has no cracks, chips, repairs. Cabinet only has a small tube burn(common for this model) and bow on the top. The radio's cabinet has been hand polished back to its original factory alabaster color from its oxidized yellow. The two original butterscotch catalin feet are perfect + have the original blue painted stripes. The butterscotch catalin knobs have nice marbleizing, these were machined from original catalin years ago and are exact replacements. Grill cloth is original to the radio and in beautiful condition. Water-slide decal, dial plastic and back panel are correct replacements. This is a great example of an all original early + rare Tom Thumb catalin radio.
This small radio measures approximately: 7.5" wide by 5.9" high by 4.25" 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.