Most makers were proud enough of their products
to place a badge or emblem in a prominent place. For example, HMV usually placed a
'Nipper' transfer centrally on the top of their cabinets. Marconi used the great
man's signature as a badge. Obviously then, this is the first thing to look for.
The dial glass or plate is another common spot for a maker's mark. Pilot, for
example, actually used an illuminated 'Little Maestro' on many of the early sets
marketed under that name. They also moulded the 'Pilot' name into the bakelite on
occasion. The rear cover of the set usually has makers details, along with
safety information. If the cover is blank or missing, a quick look inside the
cabinet might reward you with a chassis identification plate (see picture,
arrowed) or perhaps a paper
information sheet bonded to one of the internal cabinet sides. It is the
model name or number, not the serial number, that you will need. Reference books
can help with identification, such as 'Radio! Radio!' and of course my own book
'Vintage Radios (Crowood Collector's series)'. All else failing,
e-mail a picture of the radio to us and if possible list the valves used.
Major British makes covered
in our archive include
Ace Aerodyne Alba Aerialite Ambassador Argosy
Armstrong Baird Banner Beethoven Berec Brayhead Bush Capitol Champion
Channel Collaro Cossor Cyldon Dansette Decca Defiant Denco Dulci Dynatron EAR
Eddystone Ekco Elizabethan Emerson EMI Emisonic English Electric Etronic
Ever Ready Ferguson Ferranti GBC GEC Grundig HMV Invicta Kolster Brandes
McCarthy McMichael Marconiphone Masteradio Motorola Mullard Murphy Pageant Pam
Perdio Peto Scott Philco Philips Pilot Plessey Portadyne Pye Radiomobile Rainbow
Raymond Regentone RGD Roberts Selmer Sobell Spencer-West Stella Strad Ultra
Valradio Vidor Walter Webcor
Please note: the above list is representative
only - we have
details of thousands of sets including some vintage continental models. Check the archive! it is an almost complete
stock list. Take a look by
clicking on the initial letter of the make of set you wish to locate data for.
If you can't see the make or model you
need in the full archive, it is
unlikely that we have the data for it.
However, E-mail a search enquiry and we'll do our best to find it for you, no obligation,
If we can't help, we'll try to direct you to where you CAN find help.