So, bored at work and cruising eBay I came across this little gem. It's a RCA Radiola 17 which premiered in the fall of 1927 as RCA's first radio designed to operate on AC. Until now, all previous RCA radios operated on batteries - remember those old dry-cell batteries?
The case is made of solid mahogany except for the veneered front panel and rear cover. The unit has three controls - on/off switch, volume and tuning.
The top opens to access the tubes - seven in total.
The original price of this unit was $130.00 without the tubes; around 200,000 units were produced. Also, the radio does not have an internal speaker; rather it utilizes an external speaker which were available from RCA and other manufacturers or, there were stands with build-in speakers designed for these types of radios. I also happen to have one of the most desired radio speakers from the 1920's - the Radiola 103 to go along with this radio.
I snuck this into my dining room on top of the radiator because I knew my kind, patient, and caring wife would throw a fit as soon as she saw it. After two days, I found this on the kitchen table.
I don't know where I'm going to hide the sewing machine I am working on...
I found the missing hood for the dial - now that the speaker is complete, I can see how they look together.
I like it! Christy hates it.