Mrs. Lowe - Crystal Radio

Home-Made Crystal Radio Receiver


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SPECIAL one of a kind, Hand Crafted Crystal Radio Receiver  "Mrs. Lowe"

From my collection, this one of a kind was very special to someone, a Mrs. Lowe many years ago. A beautifully made crystal radio built into sewing basket. My guess is that it was made for (whoever Mrs. Lowe was) as a gift. Who was she.... someone's favorite teacher maybe? We'll never know but one thing for sure, you can tell that it sat proudly in one position with the lid open near a sunny-side window for a long time. This can be determined from the images as the panel is sun-bleached from one direction (note un-bleached shadow areas).

Whoever built this was not only an excellent craftsman but clever and resourceful, take a look at the crystal holder image. It was made from a brass 12 gage shotgun shell. You very seldom find a home made radio with the rotary  switch points that are symmetrical. This radio is made as well (or better) as any factory made piece.

This came from the collection of an old-timer (who passed away about 20 years ago) in the Gresham, OR area. That's all I know about it. Headphones required for listening (not included).

Circa: 1920's
Case/structure: Bakelite panel built into a sewing basket
Finish: Bakelite has sun bleaching except for the shadows
Knobs/Hardware: original
Insides: original
Cosmetic condition: good, see write-up
Documentation: none
Tuning type: inductance
Electronic condition: works
Flaws, cracks, blems : nothing significant
Measurements (approx): 8.5 x 5.5 x 4"
Shipping weight (estimated): 5#

$550.00 with free shipping within the continental USA

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