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1931 Westinghouse Columaire 801 Grandmother Clock Radio - $1599 (Vancouver)


condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: Canadian Westinghouse
model name / number: Columaire 801
size / dimensions: 13" x 11½" x 54 "

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For the third time I restored one of Raymond Loewy's most remarkable iconic designs, this Canadian Westinghouse 1931 Grandmother Clock Radio, the "Columaire" 801 . All original, serviced aligned and working, in near mint cosmetic condition

This Columaire was designed by famous industrial designer Raymond Loewy [Nov. 5, 1893 – July 14, 1986] in 1931 at the age of 38, and built by Westinghouse exclusively for the Canadian market. The Columaire 801 is the combination of an 8-tube superheterodyne receiver and a New Haven Westinghouse electric clock with automatic control. This clock is very unique, featuring a second hand, that moves in one second steps and even makes acoustic ticks, like a mechanical clock. The other unique feature is a mechanical timer, the run-down time of which can be preset from a few seconds to 3 minutes. The timer is started, when power is lost and the clock stops, interrupted when power is restored to let the clock resume where it stopped, and timing out after the preset time, after which the clock would not start again, when power is coming back. So, if you see your clock working, you know that it is accurate to within the interval you had preset. The clock works perfectly after servicing, which is extremely rare. The radio is an 8-tube early superheterodyne receiver, with powerful push-pull audio based on a pair of 45 triodes, like in several General Electric and RCA radios of this vintage. The 8" field coil speaker opens to the top and distributes sound equally into the room. The chassis is considerably smaller and lighter than that of its US counterpart model WR-8. The cabinet therefore is smaller too, needing only one square-foot of real estate and 54" of height. Another Canadian bonus is a beautiful burl wood inlay on the front, right below the clock. The dial is virtual, being the projection by the pilot lamp of a scale film onto a matt screen. The radio works perfectly, cell-phones and other sources can be connected through a newly installed 3.5mm phone plug. A detailed documentation with 40 pictures, and a detailed condition report can be found at ref.1, a youtube video at ref.2 (or click on pict.40 of the report). If you like to come for pickup to Chilliwack, you will have the opportunity to test it yourself, and see many more restored vintage radios, phonographs and gramophones. Alternatively, delivery to Vancouver and anywhere in between is possible. I am not a dealer, but an 82 year old hobbyist, and have no shop. I get flagged, if I publish under owner, since my ads look too professional. Please make me an offer, you may be surprised.

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