The Italian Job

Delighted to have been tasked to source and modify a radio for a vintage van lover from Italy.  The spec was for  a modified mustard coloured Roberts radio to team up with his 1978 Fiat Pulmino 900T Classic Van.

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So happy that we were able to track down this little beauty, play swapsy for a few parts to get it working and send it on its way.

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What’s made it super special is that the proud new owner has taken the time and trouble to send us photographs showing just how happy he is …

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… and we can see the radio looking right at home.

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Strut & Cluck

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Strut & Cluck, invite you to connect your music app to their Wayne’s Radio to create your own mood in their private dining room in their restaurant in Shoreditch.  They will serve you with their home cooking inspired Eastern Mediterranean free range turkey and seasonal dishes in the most relaxing of surroundings.  As well as the food, you can feast on the range of vintage radios on display.

Can you spot the grey Cossor?  An opportunity to enjoy experience a culinary treat and soundcheck a Wayne’s Radio.   What could be better.

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151-153 Commercial Street, Shoreditch E1 6BJ

Tel: 020 7078 0770 or Email: info@strutandcluck.com

Big, Bold and Brassy

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Telefunken Concertino made in Germany in 1955 or 56.  A beast of a machine, weighing in at an impressive 14.5 kg.

Three speakers, piano bush buttons and a bright green magic eye.  With pre-set Bass, Orchestra, Smooth and Jazz settings, there’s hours of fiddling and adjustment to keep you going whilst listening to your favourite tunes.  Who needs the telly?

1955 ahh … Tony Bennett Stranger in ParadiseJimmy Young , Unchained Melody and Bill Hayley and his Comets were definitely doing a Rock Around the Clock.  What better radio to enjoy them on.

Sadly this one is already well-loved and will soon be on its way back home to Wales but we have two or three similar in the workshop if you’re seriously smitten.

 

Racy Red Roberts

 

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Roberts R600.  Vintage transistor radio manufactured from the late sixties to the early seventies.  This specimen was obviously well loved and looked after but wouldn’t make a sound.  These radios do turn up regularly but rarely in such good condition.  They’re generally minus the silver tops to the caps and with a missing, or at best bent, aerial. Fault-finding was a frustratingly long and tricky process but Wayne got there in the end. Finally fixed, sounds great and ready to be boxed up for its return.

 

Dansette Capri

Amongst our radio treasures we have a working Dansette Capri transistor radio manufactured in the UK in 1963 by a company better known for its record players.

Although the popularity of the transistor radio was short lived, the transistor radio remains an important part of radio history.  The invention of the transistor enabled radios to be developed which were small, portable and battery powered, in a dramatic contrast to the size and weight of the radio used in the family home.    These little radios were manufactured in their billions for a market of  post World War II baby-boomers with disposable income, a love of this new fangled rock and roll and a desire for independence from their parents.

The heyday of the transistor only really spanned from the late fifties to the seventies but if you owned one then you were hip and happening.

It’s very rare to find a radio like this in such good condition.  There is no damage to the leather case, the stitching and the strap are completely intact and the radio itself has minimal signs of wear and tear.

 

Garden Bouquet

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This little square side plate measures 7.5″ and is in very good vintage condition with no chips or cracks.  Beautifully decorated with the GARDEN BOUQUET pattern which was made from an engraving and hand-coloured.  They were Manufactured from 1940-1970 by Johnson Brothers, England as part of their Windsor Ware collection. Each piece has a hand-tinted underglaze making the bright yellows, blues and pinks permanent and acid resisting.

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This design, although quintessentially English, can mostly be found in the United States so possibly made for the export market.

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The rope edging and floral design make it perfect for display or to serve fondant fancies for a forties or fifties tea party.

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