1934 Northern Electric Mahogany Child Console Radio Model 63 (serial 159) - in multi-tone mahogany and with correct knobs
Northern Electric 6-Tube Shortwave Models 62(A) (table) and 63(A) (console) were made in 1934 from multi-tone mahogany, the A versions having a 25/60 Hz power supply. Northern Electric's advertising keywords for the 1934 line of radios were "Angle Tuning", "Dual Ratio Tuning", "Dial of Pleasure", "Cushioned Reception". The radio industry just started to wake up from its Great Depression sleep. The most desirable 1934 N. E. radio today is table model 55 in a swinging cradle (ref.1). Model 63 and 55 have in common the angle tuning and knob form, model 63 being, together with the 1930 Victor R-15 (aka Radiola 48), one of the smallest console radios ever built. I therefore call it a child's console. The simple cabinet geometry with inclined straight lines of these 1934 radios is a paragon of post-art-deco 1930's modernist style. Careful selection of veneers and inlay artwork give the plain surfaces their beautiful structure. The cylindrical knobs of almost all NE 1934 radios are the same and scream Moderne. The simple two-color slide rule dial is large for its time (compare model 55), but accents the spartanic understatements of the radio. N.E. in 1934: "An easy-to-read, full vision dial has been used. Only one scale is before your eyes at one time - this exclusive N.E. feature is eliminating confusion". The radio has 6 tubes, compared with model 55's 5 tubes, the extra type 78 tube being an RF amplifier input stage, that improves sensitivity and selectivity.
About my Radio:
The radio has its original finish with only slight touch-ups, the indication of a flower ring on top not warranting it's stripping and refinishing, although it would be an easy task, regarding the absence of any curvatures. The radio is partially recapped and serviced and plays fine on its two bands. Don't forget to watch the youtube video (ref.3 or go to my web documentation at ref.4, which has 45 pictures).
I recommend pickup in Chilliwack, where 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. Make me an offer, you may be surprised.
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