Zenith chairside radios

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2015-06-26 10:36:39

Zenith chairside radios are collectible vintage radios made in the 1930s and 1940s by the US-based Zenith company.

History of Zenith

Zenith was founded by Karl Hassel and Ralph Matthews in Chicago in 1918, establishing itself as the Zenith Radio Company in 1923.

It quickly became known for its range of radios and added televisions to its arsenal in 1939.

It is currently owned by South Korean firm LG Electronics.

Zenith chairside radios

Zenith produced a large number of radios but vintage chairside specimens are rare. Like all Zenith radios, they use vacuum tubes rather than transistors.

Usually featuring SW and MW bands, they were mainly produced during the 1930s and 1940s, and can include underneath shelving in addition to places to store smoking items.

They come in a range of styles and finishings.

How much are Zenith chairside radios worth?

Working Zenith chairside radios can range in price from $60 to $700 depending on condition and desirability.

Notable sales of Zenith chairside radios

  • A 1940s Zenith chairside tube radio made $250 at a Clars Auction Gallery sale in May 2008.

  • A Zenith Zaphyr black dial chairside radio achieved $700 at a Tom Harris Auctions sale in April 2006.

  • A Zenith 6-S-249 black dial chairside radio made $350 at a Tom Harris Auctions event in April 2006.

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