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Zenith Tombstone radio may play to the tune of $1,500

A 1938 model of tombstone radio, made by Zenith, may be music to the ears of bidders during Cordier Auctions upcoming auction.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A Zenith Walton Tombstone radio dating to 1938 may see $1,000 to $1,500 at auction. The May 6-7 auction of antique radios, parts, and accessories will be presented by Cordier Auctions. Bidders may participate at the company’s Harrisburg, Pennsylvania auction house, or online during the second day of the sale.

An Emerson Catalin ($600-$800) is expected to lead the tabletop radio lots.

Radio Equipment Also On Offer

A large number of accessories and equipment will also be sold. Among the lots are four Atwater Kent breadboards ($500-$1,000 each). Plus, a Federal Type 59 receiver ($500-$700) and a Grebe CR8 Synchrophase receiver ($500-$700). The later two date to the early 1920s.

Zenith Walton tombstone $1,000-$1,500

More than 13,000 radio tubes from various manufacturers (many in the original boxes) will be offered. Of note are four Western Electric 274A full wave rectifiers ($600- $900 each). In addition, more than 20 Western Electric globe and dome tubes will come before bidders.

Ephemera and advertising from the halcyon days of radio will be offered, including Radiotron and General Electric advertising dolls, collections of vintage magazine advertisements, Nipper (RCA’s mascot dog) figures, and more.

Day one of the sale will consist of over 500 uncataloged lots of radios, parts, accessories, and ephemera, including many large lots. The online catalog of second day offerings is available at

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