A nice vintage Zenith model 6D311 tube radio made in USA around 1939. Considered a midget radio for that time period, it has great machine age art deco lines, looks great. It has a total of five tubes and a plug-in ballast. I brought it up slowly on the variac, and it works well enough and tunes in stations easily, but is somewhat intermittent, the volume pot is tight and needs a light spray to clean up the audio.
The cord is rotten and dangerous and would require replacement immediately. The collector i obtained this from in Seattle Washington a few years back, said he had replaced the old electrolytic filter caps with new axial units, but everything else is original according to him. It would need to be gone through totally and have some or all of the old wax capacitors replaced to have a safe and reliable working radio, if that is indeed what you are after. The case and trim look very nice, but there are two small holes in the top as shown that once had a small catalin drawer handle for carrying, which the previous owner removed, It displays well in spite of this. No cracks or chips that I could find, bakelite shine is good for the age.
Original rubber feet are long rotted away and gone. The back is missing, but reproductions are available if you really want one, and don't have a spare one kicking around. Overall a great looking vintage radio for your collection, and a more than worthwhile candidate for an electronic restoration. The item "ZENITH Model 6D311 tube radio 1939 made in USA art deco machine age design Nice" is in sale since Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Radio, Phonograph, TV, Phone\Radios\Tube Radios\1930-49". The seller is "muttsdoghouse" and is located in Burnaby, BC. This item can be shipped to Canada, United States.