Friday, October 2, 2009
Today, I would like to share that radio with you. When I purchased the radio, it had been sitting in a house that had been locked up for 20 years after the owner's death. The lines of this great radio caught my eye, and I decided if it went cheap enough I would buy it. When I bought it, two of the wood trim pieces had come off the cabinet. Luckily, the pieces had been stuck inside and were easy to reinstall when I restored the radio. I paid $2 for the radio and the chair, and ended up with 2 beautiful pieces of furniture from the deal. The unit was manufactured by Majestic in 1946, is model 4810, and has an am radio and a phonograph. There are two lids on this unit. The lid on the left lifts to reveal the phonograph, and the lid on the right lifts to reveal the radio and the unit controls. I disassembled the unit, stripped the original finish down to the bare wood, sanded and re-stained the unit in red mahogany. I then added three coats of lacquer (not polyurethane), and reassembled it. I am quite pleased with the way that it turned out. The best thing about it is that it works, or at least the radio does. If you have never had the opportunity to hear one of the vintage tube-type radios in action, you are missing out. They have a beautiful rich tone that you can't get in a modern radio.
For specific information on this model, please visit this site: http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/majestic_8s473_8_s_473_ch4810.html
I now have quite a large collection of antique radios, one of my favorite things to collect. They sure do take up a lot of room! I purchased another console similar to this last weekend to restore, probably next summer. I'm sure that you will be seeing a lot more of my collection, both the restored pieces and the ones awaiting restoration.
Wishing you a great, stress-free Friday!
Posted by Missouri Michael at 6:00 AM