Philco Art Deco Complete Radio Bar
Item #2458 SOLD
This spectacular Art Deco Philco Radio Bar is one of the most highly sought after pieces by radio and bar enthusiasts alike. Created originally during the Prohibition Era – a time of fascination with hidden and secret liquor bars, it reached a high point with its 1936 design. All the pieces (glassware in many sizes, decanters, cocktail shaker and accessories) fill this radiobar we are very proud to offer. We have a copy of the original brochure which says it best:
“RadioBar provides the nucleus for formal and informal entertaining…hosts proclaim it , guests thrill to it…for the RadioBar with Philco is all things in one! The 1936 models, all exclusively equipped with Philco radio receivers … are ideal for the living room, the den, the library, the “rumpus” room. Radiobar provides the host or hostess with a convenient and superbly appointed means of entertaining! The Radiobar is not a “cellarette” to hide, but a magnificent piece of exquisitely designed furniture!”
A Radio Bar was the equivalent of a high end entertainment center today. Thoroughly popular and not the least bit inexpensive! To put it in perspective… a Philco Radio Bar was priced at $89 – $795, and an average salary was $1748 in 1936. An average home was $3600 and a Studebaker car was $665. So this was really the height of fashion and indulgence.
Additionally, this radio has been fitted with an 1/8 inch adapter which will allow you to use this with your iPhone, smartphone, iPods or record player. Access your old vinyl, or tune into Pandora, Apple Music or the playlist on your computer to provide the tunes and use the Bluetooth connection to bring the warm, bright, analogue sound of a tube amplifier to any music or recordings you choose. The quality of the sound is excellent – just ask any guitarist since these kinds of tube based amps are still being made and used today. You will have the best of “digital” and “analogue” combined.
In addition to the high style design, and the uniquely amusing combination of a radio and a bar, the Radiobar is featured in so many movies of the period as a kind of iconic symbol of luxury. You’ ll find it in the Bogart/ Cagney film “Angels with Dirty Faces” and taking center stage in” Gold Diggers of 1933″ when Joan Blondell and Warren Williams meet in her stylish Art Deco Flat. Catch another glimpse of it in the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock thriller “39 Steps” with Robert Donat.
We are especially excited about this unique model, purchased from a Michigan estate. The rare cream finish, never seen before in this model. Also, interior metal shelving an early configuration with all matching unique Philco glasses put into place, and a chance to listen to the deep tone of the radio (yes! it still works!). Finding, restoring and completely outfitting radio bars has become a specialty of ours at ArtDecoCollection.com and we hope this one will become a treasure of yours.
Cream Painted Wood Cabinet • • Interior Light • All fittings, bottle holders and glass racks are of heavy chromium plate. 18 cocktail glasses in three sizes with the signature stepped design and alternating bands of black and silver. Original glass cocktail shaker , two unique Philco Radio bar etched decanters, replica brochures, and a working radio (if you can find an AM station)!
47″ T x 29″ W x 15″ D closed
60″ T x 54″ W x 15″ D open