Antique radio and a “marlinspike?”

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Antique radio and a “marlinspike?”

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I’ve always liked antique shortwave and AM radios. I’m a member of the Pittsburgh Antique Radio Society https://pittsburghantiqueradiosociety.org/ and bought this Emerson tombstone table top ($100) and another small Detrola ($40) at a recent show. A member of the club repaired them both for me, tubes and all. They make any room better.


I picked up the two brass Indian chief bookends shown at the NFLCC Gettysburg room trading show last year ($25). They are incredibly heavy for their size. The “rope makers” knife on the far right is pretty old. I gave $100 for it at a Pennsylvania gun show. The large spike is used to twist the rope together.

*I edited the title after Klonder’s post.
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I like the looks of that radio.
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I believe it's called a "marlin" spike.
Yoho, matey!!
A seaman's kit me thinks. Nice stuff for sure.
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klonder wrote: Mon May 16, 2022 7:21 pm I believe it's called a "marlin" spike.
Thanks, I’ve never heard that term before, but I googled it after your post. My brother-in-law restitched the leather on the sheath.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlinspike

Any one here that can date this pair?

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The radios are very interesting! Just started to venture into them…purchased a major collection with 4 Danish made tabletops! My Grandfather had a wood frame Philco…wish I knew where it was
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Here’s another view of the Emerson with the tuning light on. Gotta love the police band…


And here a few photos of the Detrola radios I keep in my office.






If you like these Detrola’s I saw a beautiful one listed on eBay:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/403662776586?h ... SwAiVigwGQ
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Brings me back… Nice Mike just need the right station
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Very Cool, Mike.

Old stuff is so much better looking than new stuff.

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Interesting. My brother happens to collect old radios. Has for years. He, and I in tow, would cruise the neighborhood on trash day on our bicycles, searching for discarded radios and TV'' and stereo equipment. He would upgrade his stereo over time. We'd also strip the carcasses of vacuum tubes until he had a large collection of tubes. He then opened a repair shop in the basement. He was 12 yrs old.

He's described online forums for radio collectors that sound very much like ORCA. Old Radio Collectors Associaiton perhaps?

Pretty cool stuff. One man's treasure... If you know what you're looking at.
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