Zenith Model 812 Art Deco 1935 Radio - The 811 Export Version
Rare Zenith 812 Export Version Radio with Bold + Radical Deco Styling
The curved + asymmetrical design of the Zenith 812 (The 811 Export Version) tombstone radio makes for an ultra rare + unusual model that is a stunning example of Art deco design. This asymmetrical design was radical in a time when rectangular tombstone radios and furniture-like consoles were stylish and loved by all, thus making this model an elusive find today. Also adding to the rarity is the low production number of 1,154 units and a relatively fragile construction of the cabinet. There are a few differences between the 811 (chassis 5609) + the 812 export model (chassis 5608): The model 812 dial scale is shown entirely in meters while the model 811 displays frequency in kilocycles, see close-up of dial. Other features of this set include: the introduction of Triple Filtering and reception of domestic + foreign broadcasts.
This radio retains the original finish in very nice condition with some signs of use consistent with age. The book-matched veneer on the front of the radio makes a 'V' design that further intensifies the Art Deco elements in the radios design. The Cabinet is structurally sound. All components are original including the correct speaker (SPEC.3448//49 87//3000 OHMS), wood back panel(with serial #), grille cloth + wooden knobs. Chassis retains the original metal and paper tags with model, serial number and safety info attached to the back of chassis. Cabinet has the manufactures paper label inside the cabinet. More photos of the radio are available by request.
This incredible radio would make a great addition to a any high-end radio or Art Deco collection.
Radio measures approximately: 17.25" High by 12" Wide by 8.5" Deep. This set is sold "as-is + untested", the chassis seems complete, the plug is European. Set is being sold as a "non-working" vintage electronic device that should be gone over by a qualified technician prior to use.