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Westinghouse Aeriola Jr. Crystal Radio Set circa 1921-1922

This is an original Westinghouse Aeriola Jr. Crystal radio set in good condition, with the original Perikon detector, and all the original binding posts. Cabinet is in great condition, appears it may have been refinished some time in the past. The label is in such good condition that I wonder if it is a reproduction. In any case, a great looking Aeriola Jr. crystal radio set. $350

Aeriola Senior One Tube Radio set up

This is a good working Westinghouse Aeriola Sr. radio that comes complete with a pair of Brandes headphones from the same year (1921-1922) as the radio, battery holders, a good 1920's genuine WD-11 tube, and wire to use for antenna and ground. The radio has the original instruction sheet. I have played the radio and picked up at least 2 dozen stations packed across the dial.  $199

Aeriola Senior one tube radio

This is a working Aeriola Senior radio in reasonably good condition. The wood case has some scuffs, the paper tag is a replacement, and the original WD-11 tube socket has been replaced with a standard 4 pin socket and I put in a brand new Hytron 864 tube and the radio plays great with stations packed across the dial. You do have to unscrew the 4 panel screws and lift the chassis out to replace the tube, but it should last for several hundred hours of play time. It runs on a 1.5 volt D battery for the filament voltage, and three 9 volt batteries in series to provide the B+ voltage. You will need to provide and connect antenna and ground wires, high impedance headphones, and batteries to get it operating. Sale includes radio and the tube. $99

Rayflex 1920's crystal radio

This is a factory made early 1920's Rayflex Batteryless Crystal Radio set. Interior looks pristine exterior has mild finish wear and one corner chip but overall looks reasonably good. $179

Crystal Radio built in Aeriola Jr. Box
This is a nice early 1920's crystal radio set in an Aeriola Jr. box, possibly using the Aeriola Jr. variometer and front panel as well, so that only the binding posts, knob, and crystal detector are non-original to the Aeriola Jr. Looks like it has an ERLA style detector. $149

KR Crystal Radio BBC England

This is an antique KR crystal radio set from England circa early 1920's. It is in a nice lidded oak wood box with finger joints and has a detachable coil. Inside is a nice tuning variometer. The panel has suffered from the years, but appears mostly or all original. A relatively uncommon set, the only one I have seen from this manufacturer. $95

Miller Model 595 High Fidelity AM tuner crystal radio

The Miller 595 High Fidelity Tuner is actually a dual tuned circuit crystal radio praised as the most selective crystal radio ever made. This is made possible by the dual tuned bandpass circuit and the vernier gear reduction tuning drive mechanism. This set is in good working condition, and the cosmetic condition is good or better with some minor scratches on top and fading on the faceplate. Tested and working and I can pick up 10 or so stations here with a 15 foot indoor wire antenna. The original output cord can plug into an amplifier or you can hook up high impedance headphones. $125SOLD KZ 

Vintage 1920's Radio Crystals and Detectors

Top Rows:
Tester Arco box with galena chunk $19
The Hot Spot Crystal box with mounted crytal (seams loose on inner and outer box) $19
TNT High Power Radio Crystal with mounted crystal $20
Rusonite Crystal (some pencil mark on price) still sealed in box $20
Rusonite Crystal still sealed in box $23
NION fixed detector in box $26
The ABC Foote crystal detector mounted on threaded shaft $22
Bottom Rows:
Philmore Crystal Detector Box only, empty $6
Unmarked box with galena chunks $13
Rocky Mountain Triple Detector in original wood box $33
Wireless Association of America wood box with mounted crystal $31
Umarked wood box with mounted crystal $14
Wood box with red icon on top and galena chunk $14
MTD small wood box with mounted crystal $13 each

Top Rows:
HILCO metal box with galena chunk $25
COSMITE metal box with galena chunk $23
Loud Talking Crystal metal box with mounted crystal $23
GALENA metal box with mounted crystal $22
Radio Twins Pyrite metal box with mounted crystal $24
Footes metal box with mounted crystal $23
Footes Giant Galena Extra Loud All Over metal box with large mounted crystal $27
Footes metal box with mounted crystal $24
Bottom rows:
Wood box with mounted crystal $22
Wood box with mounted crystal $22
Red metal box with galena chunk $19
Star Crystal Co. Pyrite with mounted crystal $26
Aeriola Jr. part for Perikon detector with original wood box $36
Gold Cat Whisker in original wood box $25
Aeriola Jr. part for Perikon detector (no box) $19
Chas. Freshman mounted crystal in wood box $25
Unmarked wood box with mounted crystal and some pyrite chunks $21

Top Row:
Murdock Phone Condenser circa 1919-1920  $12SOLD
Mounted detector mechanism with crystal  all vintage parts $28SOLD
Mounted detector mechanism $24
Upright detector glass enclosed $45SOLD
Second Row:
Incomplete detector mechanism $22
Glass enclosed detector mechanism $32
Parts for Deforest glass enclosed detector $12SOLD
Brown panel mounted detector possibly incomplete $16
Detector parts base and arm $9

First Row:
Philmore Crystal Detector in original box $34
ERLA Fixed Crystal Detector in original Box $36
Key To The Air fixed detector $27
CORWINCO lightning arrestor or insulator $8
Middle Row:
DeForest Reflex RF Coil #4 for 250-600 Meters  $37
Pyratek Fixed Crystal Rectifier in original box $21
Two fixed detectors red label $22
BUD Microphone Carbon Granules $16
Crowe Cable Markers $7 each set
Bottom Row:
? Some kind of coherer $10
Earphone multi-adapter $15
Pair of earphone multi adapters $12
Grid leak NY Coil Co. $9
Set of Yaxley cable markers complete $8

Crystal  Radio Detector Stand
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Reproduction Crystal Detector with catwhisker and mineral selection

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Nice reproduction of 1920's style detector on a 2"x2" solid oak base. Features a large 5/8" diameter brass ball-and-sleeve assembly in a tight, spring brass bracket that never comes loose, or needs realigning. Precision ball-and-sleeve provides silky smooth movement with no pull or backlash. Includes a selection of loose minerals., catwhisker wire, printed instructions, and a history of the mineral detector. $24.95 plus shipping. These are available directly from the manufacturer, Larry Pizella, but I don't have anymore is stock, so just click HERE to see the order page for detectors directly from the maker.


Simple Loose Coupled Crystal Radio with Headphones #4

This is a simple little crystal set made on a nicely finished breadboard type plaque, has a 2 circuit loose coupled circuit, with a diode, variable capacitor with dial knob, and Fahnstock clips for the antenna, ground and headphone connections. Complete with Cannon Alnico 1000 ohm high impedance single sided headphones. Just hook up antenna and ground and it picks up loads of AM stations here. $39SOLD LD

One Tube Shortwave Regenerative Radio Kit with Submini Tube.

This is a kit of parts to make a one tube regenerative shortwave radio based on a 6418 subminiature tube. It includes all the parts needed to make the radio as shown above, with vintage National porcelain tuning condenser new old stock in original box, Johnson trimmer capacitor, ferrite toroid coil core, breadboard, and all necessary electronic components, hardware, wire, and a pair of Newcomb high impedance headphones. There is a set of detailed instructions, plus schematic and diagrammatic sketches to aid construction. I have enough parts for 4 sets right now, may be some variation in the knobs available. $49SOLD OUT
  Inquire if interested and I should be able to put together the parts for another kit but am out of the variable capacitors now, can provide the submini 6418 tubes for $2.50 each, also have some other submini tubes that would work.

Below is a photo of a completed set, using slightly different parts. The frequency range as tested was 5.5-9 MHz, but the coil can be modified to other frequencies.



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