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 Post subject: ID this French Bakelite radio
PostPosted: Jun Wed 13, 2018 2:29 am 
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I'm labeling the exhibits at the AWA museum. This radio is on the shelf, possibly donated by Dr. Max Bodmer of Switzerland. Labeled only as "French Bakelite". Inside is a handwritten tube chart: 6A8G, 6K7MG, 6Q7G, 43, 25Z5. (the last one could have been 25Z6 - was tubular, after all) Small mottled Bakelite case, two bands without frequency marking. Radiomuseum lists one French radio with this lineup by "Grammont".

Odds are that this will not be the last one I ask about.

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 Post subject: Re: ID this French Bakelite radio
PostPosted: Jun Wed 13, 2018 4:48 am 
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These Clarville and Axia models are the closest I could find. The tube sets have some differences but they use American tubes.
https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/clarville_lutin_tc.html
https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/axia_inconnu_unknown_3.html

That cabinet with variations appears to have been used by a number of French radio manufacturers.

Jay


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 Post subject: Re: ID this French Bakelite radio
PostPosted: Jun Wed 13, 2018 2:51 pm 
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Yes, close. The 43 could be a later substitute - I didn't look underneath.


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 Post subject: Re: ID this French Bakelite radio
PostPosted: Jun Wed 13, 2018 3:17 pm 
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It may be that you have an earlier version of one of these radios since the 25L6 was the successor to the 43.

From the Radio Museum pictures, it appears that the Clarville came with a carrying case or maybe it was a way to hide the radio.

You may have a black market radio that was purposely made without any identification of the manufacturer.

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 Post subject: Re: ID this French Bakelite radio
PostPosted: Jun Wed 13, 2018 8:52 pm 
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Searching for French radios this Website is very helpful:
https://www.doctsf.com/grandlivre/index.php?ps_raz=1

maybe this is close :
https://www.doctsf.com/grandlivre/fiche ... 324&ori=ps


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 Post subject: Re: ID this French Bakelite radio
PostPosted: Jun Wed 13, 2018 10:36 pm 
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It is quite possible that someone substituted an original 25L6 with an old 43 that he had. This could have been done during wartime shortages and subterfuge, secret trading of parts. :?:

It is fun to speculate but actual proof of the brand name is still missing until one shows up with a name and the identical dial face..
'French Bakelite radio' covers it pretty well, tho. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: ID this French Bakelite radio
PostPosted: Jun Wed 13, 2018 11:59 pm 
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All the radios I found in that case style are in the 1938 to 1941 time period if that helps.

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