1923 RCA Radiola VII Receiver With Original Manual * Wireless Specialty Apparatus Co.
1923 Radiola VII Receiver With Original Manual * Wireless Specialty Apparatus Co. * From Muchow Museum
In production for just three months in late 1923, the Radiola VII was physically imposing, difficult to operate and — priced at almost $300 including tubes and an FH horn speaker — just $30 less expensive than a Model T Ford. Not surprisingly, it was a commercial flop, and fewer than 2,000 units were manufactured before it was pulled from the product line-up in early 1924.
This rare example of a Radiola VII (only a handful are known to have survived) comes from the storied Muchow Museum in Elgin, Illinois. Its condition is excellent, and the radio is original throughout, including both RF and AF transformers. Clean original cabinet finish, with minor crazing consistent with its age. Clean chassis, with straight original wiring throughout. Tuning coil is pristine. Original battery brackets are intact and in excellent condition, as are the original battery wires. Push button filament switch is still operable, and all of the controls work as designed.
The radio includes the original owner’s manual (which is perhaps even more uncommon than the radio itself) and a set of UV-99 tubes with good emissions.
The radio is being offered for historical purposes only, with no assurances stated or implied that it’s still suitable for broadcast reception.