Twelfth Annual Eric's Antique Radio Auction
Olney, Illinois -- October 28, 2001
REPORTED BY RON RAMIREZ
Eric's Auction Service held its twelfth annual antique radio auction on October 28, 2001, at the auction barn in Olney, Illinois. An annual tradition which serves unofficially to end the swap meet season in this part of the country, this auction attracts collectors from Illinois, as well as many surrounding states.
This E.H. Scott Allwave 15 chassis and speaker was a bargain at $190.
The quality of the items offered continues to improve, with very little in the way of parts sets and miscellaneous "junque" being offered this year. On the other hand, there were no Catalin sets and no Atwater Kent breadboard models, either; however, a box of Atwater Kent breadboard parts did go on the auction block, and brought a high bid of $150.
Associate Auctioneer Jim Waddell shows off a Majestic Model 400 with chrome grille, which sold for $150.
The sale was definitely a buyer's market this year. Many cathedral and tombstone models brought rather low prices, as did several 1920s era battery sets. A great bargain was a Scott Allwave 15 chassis with speaker, which sold for only $190.
This De Forest F-5 brought a high bid of $400.
Highlights of this year's sale included a Federal 110, which was missing part of its variometer yet still brought a high bid of $525; a Clapp-Eastham HR receiver and HZ amplifier, which, despite its fair to poor condition, still brought $320; a nice RCA 281 console at $200; and a Majestic 400 tombstone with chrome grille at $150. A very unusual Zenith coin bank, shaped like a mid-1930s Zenith console, brought $55.
A sampling of the items sold follows. As is customary, no model numbers were called out during the sale, so it was not possible to list every item that sold. Prices have been rounded to the nearest dollar.
(See print version for auction listing.)
(Ron Ramirez, 811 Maple St., Providence, KY 42450. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)