Sparton Cobalt Blue Mirrored 558-B sled tube radio designed by Walter Dorwin Teague (well-known for his Kodak industrial designs). Manufactured by Sparks-Worthington Company in Jackson, Michigan c. 1937-39 Known as the sled or 4-knob one of the best examples of Deco Streamline style. Engraved to have the illusion of multiple pieces of glass on the front, top, and left mirror (which are just single pieces). Deluxe version of the model 557 (released in 1936). On the dial: Sparton, Jackson, Mich. As seen in the Henry Ford Museum, Museum of Fine Arts – Boston, and others. 2-band, 5-tube AC-powered super-heterodyne/superheterodynes. Tube line-up: 6A8G (mixer/LO), 6K7G (IF), 6Q7G 2. AF, 6F6G (AF power), 5Y3G (rectifier). Printed schematic can be sent upon request (or can be searched for easily online). This is the original design, and not the Crosley CR 38/Cr38-CD Replica. 4-knobs: Volume, Waveband selection, Tuning, and Tone/On/Off. One knob is not original (its obvious which). The other three are aged but intact: the silver rings remain attached. The rounded right front corner is decorated with 5 chrome metal fins (all with minimal pitting or chrome loss). Wood sled base painted with ebony nitrocellulose lacquer with some crystalline naptha lacing finish still visible. Front mirror shows some sign of flaking above 3. Knob, and also on the left within the engraving. Some specks on tops and side mirrors, difficult to be exact about condition since opinion is subjective, this 80+ year-old radio is in better condition than most might expect. See photos for more details. No immediate signs of refinishing/refurbishing. After appropriate tinkering, it should be ready to be enjoyed as-is, or refinished to perfection. Unit powers on, glows, and hums. No further testing or repair has been done. Tubes all appear intact. The price will be discounted on an incremental basis so if you are interested, definitely watch this item. The price will continue to go down until this sells. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions. Thank you for your interest! Dimensions: 8.875×8.313×18.125 21.58 lbs. The item “Sparton 558-B Blue Mirror Sled Tube Radio Walter Teague Art Deco 558 vtg antique” is in sale since Tuesday, February 18, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Radio, Phonograph, TV, Phone\Radios\Tube Radios\1930-49″. The seller is “jeremyabc” and is located in Warwick, Rhode Island. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Brand: Sparton
- Featured Refinements: Art Deco Tube Radio