Vintage Brass Radio Table Lamp c1930s, Working Radio Lamp Needs TLC
A great vintage novelty lamp from the Radio Lamp Company, Chicago. This late 1930s lamp has a WORKING AM radio in the base that lights up when it is turned on. The body of the lamp is crafted of brass and it has a nice patina. We did not try to polish or clean the brass only wiped it down. This would make a great table lamp with a little TLC which we will describe below.
The lamp stands 20" tall and 9" across the base. The bottom portion is the radio (AM only) and it lights up when you turn the knob on. There is an extra wire that comes off the base (this is the way it was made) that called is the antenna wire. The radio DOES WORK and the base does light up. To the left and right of the knob is heart shape cut outs that the speaker grill is behind. The original material for the speaker grill is there but is pushed in on one side and it looks like it could use replacing. It does not affect the radio playing as we will show you on a link below. We were able to tune in several local AM channels by turning the dial and moving the antenna wire around.
The top of the lamp where a bulb would screw in needs a new socket - none is present. And the speaker below the socket area can be seen from above the lamp looking down (see photo 5) but it looks like it needs to be recentered and stabilized.
We see no rust, rot, dings or dents to the body of the lamp just aged patina to the brass. This would be a really cool piece once you get the lamp working. I am putting a link below to show you the radio working - YOU MAY NEED to download a flash player to view the video but it's worth it. The last photo in our photo grouping is NOT OF THE LAMP FOR SALE but of the identical lamp that someone restored to give you an idea of how great this would be.
Link to radio working below
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