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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 9:00:45 PM on 2 July 2011.
Serena's Gravatar
 Location: Ballarat, VIC
 Member since 2 July 2011
 Member #: 949
 Postcount: 4

I have inherited a Radiola Radio (number R184 in the back) Also has a number 5 on what appears to be a licence?
It is a freestanding style which appears to have a veneer, an open back and a cloth style front. It was my great grandfathers and I know he purchased it after my grandmother was born - guessing around the 1930's.
I want to make sure I have it covered in the insurance and have no idea of value.
Any thoughts or assistance would be gratefully received.

 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 9:25:59 PM on 2 July 2011.
Brad's avatar
 Location: Greenwich, NSW
 Member since 15 November 2005
 Member #: 1
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G'day Serena,

If you e-mail a photo of the receiver to the address on my profile page I can upload it to the server for you. Additionally this will help with judging the value of the set.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 9:27:24 PM on 2 July 2011.
GTC's avatar
 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 28 January 2011
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 Postcount: 6185

Hi Serena,

In terms of identifying the actual model, I can't find anything on a Radiola with model number "R184", but there are some references to a model 184 of 1939.

These were 4 valve console (floor standing) sets and were powered by batteries of the era.

The valve types were: 1C7G 1D5G 1K7G 1L5G. You may be able to see those numbers on the valves, or there may be a valve location sticker on the chassis giving the valve types.

Does your radio have a mains power cord on it? If it does then it may still be a model 184 but with a power supply installed to replace the batteries.

(*** If it does have a mains cord, and you are unsure of its operational condition, don't power it up to find out as irreparable damage may be caused until somebody familiar with restoring old radios can first check it over for you.)

If the set is 1939 vintage, then the licence sticker may be pale blue with ARTS&P on it as a sort of watermark, and the serial number on that sticker may begin with either the letter "E" or the letter "F".

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