A very important Baird mirror-lid television, wireless, record-player and cellarette grand cabinet c
Lot 682W
A very important Baird mirror-lid television, wireless, record-player and cellarette grand cabinet console, type T14, 1937,
Sold for £18,000 (US$ 30,236) inc. premium
Lot Details
A very important Baird mirror-lid television, wireless, record-player and cellarette grand cabinet console,
type T14, 1937,
No. 161, 15-inch screen with part-transparent mask, main trio controls in front, to the left the wireless with slope front and auto-change Collaro turntable with repeat function, central speaker to front with stepped rib bar fret, flanked by twin double doors, with the right-hand pair opening only on the right for adjustment controls, the left fully for pull-out cellarette and tray, glasses on clips to the doors, with three bottles, including Limonier Fréres from 1926 (low shoulder), the whole cabinet entirely veneered inside and out in finest figured oak - 43in. (109cm) high, 57.1/2in. (146cm) wide

Footnotes

  • Literature:
    TV is King, M. B-L, 1994, p.11

    Original price: 130gns. 'complete with cellarette' (additional cost 5gns. included).

    M.B-L comments: "This was the finest television made by John Logie Baird before WWII. It cost £130 guineas (including the extra £5 guineas - £5 5s 0d for the addition of the “cellarette”) and with a 15” tube was the largest screen on offer until 1939 when Cossor made another television with the same size screen (Cossor 1210 in this sale). This television is in completely original condition. There is no indication that a soldering iron has ever touched it since it was made. In the rear is a spare gold Mullard TSP4 sitting in its original countersunk hole halfway up the cabinet. These double emission valves had a short life so a spare was provided with the set when it was sold. The production numbers of this television would have been very low probably in single figures. No other example with or without the celarette is known .

    In my opinion this is the most impressive television made in the world before WWII. If I could pick one television out of the collection to keep this would be it."
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