RARE Vintage Original Art Deco Sparton Peach Mirrored Bluebird Radio A True Gem
I am very pleased to offer this vintage and rare art deco Sparton Peachbird radio. This RARE radio is in pristine condition – amazing for its age. It is in excellent vintage condition with only very light wear noted as you’d expect.
The Peachbird, with its bold and daring use of crystal glass, ebony and chrome, is today recognized as one of the true masterpieces of the 1930s Art Deco movement. This beautiful tube radio is in working condition although most radio collectors prefer to display vs. play. This radio is very similar to the more common 566 Bluebird but more rare and more desirable.
It comprises a 14″ circular mirror of “old rose” tinted glass with copper accents, concealing a cab containing the chassis. The mirror has a cut-out for the loudspeaker and dial and the set sits upon a pair of balled feet.
The radio itself, housed in a rear cab with forwards facing loudspeakers, features a modest ac/dc powered super-heterodyne chasis covering standard broadcast and shortwave. The band-switch is found at the rear. Tube line-up is 78 (LO/mixer), 78 (IF), 75 (2nd detector/AGC/1st AF), 43 (AF output), 25z5 (rectifier). A resistive curtain burner line cord is used.
This radio stands just under 14″ tall and is a prized possession for any persons lucky enough to own, view or listen to it. Made in Jackson, Michigan – USA
The celebrated Sparton “Peachbird” glass mirror radio was one of a group of Sparton sets for 1936 styled by the noted industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague. The first four of these sets was unveiled at the National Electrical & Radio Exposition held in New York’s Grand Central Palace during September of 1935, following several months of tantalizing build up in the media. Prior to the show, Sparks-Withington announced that their 1936 line would consist of two lines;
the regular line already introduced that June and the “sensational” Teague line, which was to be unveiled at the Sparton show exhibit on September 18th 1935.
The Peachbird, with its bold and daring use of crystal glass, ebony and chrome, is today universally recognized as one of the true masterpieces of the 1930s Art Deco radio movement.
It comprises a 14″ circular mirror of “peach” glass accented with chrome strips and circlets, concealing a cab containing the chassis.
The mirror has a cut-out for the loudspeaker and dial and the set sits upon a pair of ebony balled feet.
Radio is located in Long Island, NY for personal inspection.
Terms & Conditions
This item is being sold as is, where is with no warranty, expressed written or implied unless there is a warranty in effect from the factory. The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein, and makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, imperfection, defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected this item, and to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgement solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects associated with this vehicle at the buyer’s request prior to the close of sale. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the item.
Buyer is responsible for cost of shipping but seller may be able to assist in arranging shipping. I can be reached at (630) 567-0066 to discuss the item.