Zenith's 6G601M was one of the last portable radios offered for sale before World War II. The chassis was packaged in a "suitcase" style case, covered in tweed fabric. The speaker grille features a sailboat design. The radio measures 15" wide by 10" high by 7 deep.
Cosmetically this radio is in outstanding condition. The tweed fabric covering is almost entirely undamaged (see photos) and the handle is intact.
The dial cover is clear and the knobs are original. Catches and decals are in very good condition and all original as well.
It has its original "Wavemagnet" antenna. I think that the problem is with the deteriorated insulating grommets that hold the tuning capacitor to the chassis (see last photo). These cause the tuning capacitor to short-out to the chassis, resulting in a loss of signal. When that happens there's only a low hum from the speaker.
Replacing the grommets isn't too difficult, but will require some skill. I bought this radio about a eight years ago and have not done any work on it.
It's been a rarely played "shelf queen" and I've never even pulled the chassis out of the cabinet, so I cannot say whether it has been restored electrically except that the cord is new. As with all antique radios, if you intend to play it regularly the 80-year-old capacitors should be replaced (if they haven't already been). I have been collecting and restoring vintage radios and TV's for more than thirty years.Please see my other listings for more vintage electronics items. I don't have a lot of silly rules for buyers: Pay for your item and I'll send it you. I'll trust you and you can trust me to do right. The item "Very Nice 1941 Zenith 6G601M Suitcase Sailboat Motif Vacuum Tube Antique Radio" is in sale since Sunday, September 26, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Radio, Phonograph, TV, Phone\Radios\Tube Radios\1930-49". The seller is "xj3" and is located in Bend, Oregon. This item can be shipped worldwide.