Antique Atwater Kent Radios

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Antique Atwater Kent Radios are original radios produced by the American manufacturer Arthur Atwater Kent.

History and Description

Atwater Kent Radios were produced by Arthur Atwater Kent, born 1873 in Vermont. In 1921 Kent began selling small "breadboard" kits enabling enthusiasts to construct their own radios at home, and introduced the Model 5.

In 1923 Kent began producing complete radio sets, and introduced the model 10, followed by the Model 9. By 1925 Atwater Kent had become the largest manufacturer of radios in America. The radios were designed to be indistinguishable from other contemporary household furniture.

The Depression, followed by the expiration of patents, led to a proliferation of cheaper radios, led to financial difficulties, and Kent closed down his factory in 1936.

Guide For Collectors

Many Atwater Kent models are still in existence. They were highly thought of at the time of production, and are a favourite of antique radio enthusiasts due to the high quality of the furniture design.

However, it should be noted that they tend to be large items of furniture, and this can limit their appeal to collectors unless there is sufficient space to house them. Difficulty in storage may have resulted in weather damage. Although an amateur can easily restore the casing, expert advice should be sought to restore the radio.

The websites atwaterkentradio.com is entirely devoted to providing information about Atwater Kent Radios and welcomes input from enthusiasts, while antiqueradiomuseum.org has a blog and is run by a collector. It does not always offer radios for sale, but provides a wealth of information about models, and restoration.

Value

An Atwater Kent Radio & Speaker was sold by Ransberger Auction for $200 in August 2005.

An Atwater Kent radio and speaker was sold by Kimball M. Sterling Inc. TFL-1915 for $80 in September 2010.

An Atwater Kent Model 30 radio was sold by Duane Merrill & Company for $50 in June 2011.

An Atwater Kent Model 40 radio was sold by Duane Merrill & Company for $50 in June 2011.

An Atwater Kent Tombstone Radio was sold by Clars Auction Gallery for $110 in June 2008.

An antique Atwater Kent radio (set in a table) was sold by Lewis & Maese Auction Company for $150 in January 2007.

An Atwater Kent Walnut Cased Radio was sold by Fantasticantiques Inc. for $100 in January 2007.

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