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 Post subject: Farnsworth Babe Ruth Radio ET-066
PostPosted: Apr Tue 06, 2021 2:26 pm 
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This Farnsworth came from my husband’s grandparents house. I saw there was a thread about 10 years ago on here with an ebay link for a similar radio. They had said that they thought it was a fake & had been priced together. This was found packed away in a trunk, in the attic, wrapped in newspaper from 1949, with magazines & other 1940’s items. The trunk was far back under other items had not been opened in many decades. I have no reason to think this was pieced together. Has anyone else seen any of these? My husband is a huge Yankees fan, so we’re not interested in selling it but I sell antique lighting & glassware and learning the history of the item is important to me. I know this model of radio was made around 1946 but that’s about it.


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 Post subject: Re: Farnsworth Babe Ruth Radio ET-066
PostPosted: Apr Tue 06, 2021 3:33 pm 
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Apparently there were Abbottwares radios made where-in, instead of something like the bronze horse, they had a bronze Babe on top of them, ca. 1948 https://lelands.com/bids/1940s-babe-ruth-radio--working AND clock radios and clocks. http://boblemke.blogspot.com/2013/04/19 ... s-day.html
If you could find documentary evidence of production somewhere, that would add value but I have not found anything for that particular radio brand or model. The embellishments resemble the configuration of the Abbott radio but beyond that I find nothing online. So at this point the value is what someone is willing to pay.

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 Post subject: Re: Farnsworth Babe Ruth Radio ET-066
PostPosted: Apr Tue 06, 2021 4:17 pm 
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Babe Ruth broke his own record for most home runs in a season (59) by hitting his 60th home run on September 30, 1927
He hit his final three home runs... 712th, 713th and 714th on May 25, 1935


If it was a production item, the baseballs would be reversed right to left.
Just sayin... lol
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 Post subject: Re: Farnsworth Babe Ruth Radio ET-066
PostPosted: Apr Tue 06, 2021 6:25 pm 
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I had one of those radios, without the embellishments. The basic radio is a Fransworth model ET-066. It's been a few years back and I don't remember a lot about it, but I recognized it instantly. You can go to Radio Museum, https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/farnsworth_et66.html and read about. Both they and Rider's say it is 1946. (Farnsworth Page 15-5).
I recall I liked it because it had an electrodynamic speaker. Not long after that they were hard to find. I think they have a deep rich sound.
It would be an easy radio to get working again electronically.
I no longer have a finished picture of mine, I traded it to a guy who collects desktops. But I do have this picture from the web someplace. I do recall that mine turned out pretty nice too.

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 Post subject: Re: Farnsworth Babe Ruth Radio ET-066
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Given that the radio dates from 1946, but the bronzes date from 1948, it would appear someone added them to their radio.


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 Post subject: Re: Farnsworth Babe Ruth Radio ET-066
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I have this same radio and does not have the Babe Ruth stuff.


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 Post subject: Re: Farnsworth Babe Ruth Radio ET-066
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I havent seen anything like this. While I can't 100%b say for sure, it sure looks like the babe ruth stuff was simply stuck on. It has zero stylistic incorporation into the set itself.


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 Post subject: Re: Farnsworth Babe Ruth Radio ET-066
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yeah but...
some happy shopper dropped a large chunk of change on the one linked above.
https://lelands.com/bids/1940s-babe-ruth-radio--working

I'm sure that they are very content with their purchase.

Ignorance is bliss. lol
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 Post subject: Re: Farnsworth Babe Ruth Radio ET-066
PostPosted: Apr Wed 07, 2021 8:02 pm 
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egg wrote:
yeah but...
some happy shopper dropped a large chunk of change on the one linked above.
https://lelands.com/bids/1940s-babe-ruth-radio--working

I'm sure that they are very content with their purchase.

Ignorance is bliss. lol
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That must be the Abbottwares unit that Wazz referred to.

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 Post subject: Re: Farnsworth Babe Ruth Radio ET-066
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Yes, that's the Abbotwares radio, and it's authentic. That was a production model, available on a clock base, a radio base, or a clock-radio base.

The Farnsworth with amendments to include Babe Ruth is not a production model, it's an arts-n-crafts project.

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 Post subject: Re: Farnsworth Babe Ruth Radio ET-066
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Andy wrote: That must be the Abbottwares unit that Wazz referred to.

yeah... that's what I said.
...the one linked above.


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 Post subject: Re: Farnsworth Babe Ruth Radio ET-066
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oops... new glasses are in order... :shock: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Farnsworth Babe Ruth Radio ET-066
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The Babe Ruth Abbotwares radios and clocks are very valuable. Your radio is very interesting!


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 Post subject: Re: Farnsworth Babe Ruth Radio ET-066
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I'm going to speculate that that radio is not a factory embellishment but was done outside of the factory using either salvaged parts from an Abbotwares radio or got the same embellishments from the same source that provided to Abbotswares. It may have been in your family for a long time but do you absolutely, 100%, know where it was originally purchased. Even the tiniest uncertainty opens up it's origins up to wide speculation.

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 Post subject: Re: Farnsworth Babe Ruth Radio ET-066
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I am not sure how the horse radios were made but I can assume they are the typical cast pot metal type stuff with bronze plating as done in that era. The stuff on the questionable radio appears to be identical, but plated with chrome or something. IF someone busted up an Abbottware device and robbed the decorations off of it, what are the odds they would have it re-plated to look like that on an impromptu garage craft project? Could have been a commercial commemorative product or prize or one-off or something but when there is no provenance and no known other examples, we will never know, even if it was in the family for long enough to be satisfied it was not a much later conglomeration of stuff. ( I am assuming here that the bits are actually plated and not rattle can painted)

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