Nice ~1933 Australian console w/ clock

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palegreenthumb
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Apr Sun 01, 2012 8:55 pm
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Nice ~1933 Australian console w/ clock

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I wonder if this was a regular production model, or was it a 3rd party cabinet maker?

Very cool cabinet with the two lighted panels, the clock, the art deco accents, the brass grille insert...

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Very cool cabinet. You can definitely see the British influence in the design.

There can't be many of these in the US.
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There may not be any of these stateside, Tom.

This one is in Sydney, Australia.
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palegreenthumb wrote:There may not be any of these stateside, Tom.

This one is in Sydney, Australia.
That makes sense, then. I didn't notice the set was in Australia.

Although you don't see them often, Aussie consoles appear in the US once in a blue moon. I have a late '30s Rolls console that I picked up in DC many years ago. It allegedly belonged to a diplomat who was in DC during WWII.
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I have several illustrated books covering Aussie and New Zeeland radios of the 20s and 30s and that radio definitely looks like an Aussie production radio. The pearlite on the upper portion of the cabinet is the best giveaway. Pearlite was commonly used on Aussie and New Zeeland radio dials. In the case of this radio, it was used on the cabinet. Also, the spiky geometric designs on the upper corners of the cabinet were of a style that was more heavily used on Aussie and New Zealand radios then on American radios.
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That is a Viking ship in the grill pattern. They would have been aways off course in the South Pacific, no?
It certainly is a beauty. 8)

The Viking brand name was used by the T. Eaton's department stores in Canada, starting in 1929. Or before that. They relied heavily on mail order sales in those days. I'm not saying this radio was shipped from Canada, because we don't know that at all.
It seems likely per Michael's post that the cabinet is Australian, and there is no evidence of the T. Eaton's Company doing business there.
There is one example of a Canadian 1929 Viking radio at radiomuseum, built by the King company.

By the mid 1930's, Eaton's stores were selling Viking radios built by Dominion Electrohome.
The logo is a Viking ship viewed from the same angle. maybe because it is most dramatic at that angle?
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