Grebe Battery Radio & Stand

Styled like no other radio of its day, the luxurious early battery-operated Grebe Synchrophase Model MU-1 Tube Radio Receiver, 9½” high x 23½” wide x 13½” deep, was built during the 1920s broadcast boom for homes.

Grebe mounted its tuning condensers in an unusual face-up position with horizontal “on edge” dials surrounded by 24k gold-covered and lacquered diamond-shaped escutcheons.

The striking dials against the faux-grained dark red mahogany Bakelite panel exuded an Oriental effect.

Later versions had “chain-coupled” dials that turned as one, but earlier ones like this one with individual turning tuning dials, were sometimes referred to as “No Chains.”

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