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Belmont Model 585 Series C, Freshman Masterpiece Tube Radio -(Sorry SOLD)
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Belmont Model 585 Series C, Freshman Masterpiece Tube Radio -(Sorry SOLD)
Belmont Model 585 Series C, Freshman Masterpiece Tube Radio

This vintage radio was produced by the Belmont Radio Corp. about 1935. Belmont, also known as B.R.C. produced this 5 tube radio in a wood tombstone style cabinet. Although the speaker cut-outs varied slightly, all versions of this Model 585 had the same round dial, and three brown knobs that are apparently of bakelite.

A small metal plate, just below the center knob, identifies it as a "Freshman Masterpiece" model. These radios should not be confused with the radios briefly produced in the 20's by the Freshman company, although that company made one called the Masterpiece. The Freshman Company ceased to operate in the 1928

Our radio is in remarkable nice condition, considering it is over 70 years old. The wood case is intact; however it has one missing piece of decorative veneer (see the upper right area in the photo). There is also some surface damage to the top finish, which could probably be gently restored. We do not attempt to do any repair or restoration, as this is not our area of expertise. The radio measures 11" wide by 7-1/2" deep and stands 14-3/4" tall. The fabric, knobs and dial appear to be original and in very nice condition. The dial has markings for both Kilocycles and Megacycles, and notations for "police" bands. There is no backing piece on this radio and appears it never had one; however it does have the original sticker glued inside, with the schematic, patent numbers, "Model 585, 60 cycle, 55 Watt, 105-115 Volt, and BRC 585 (Model 585) Series C". The original inspection tag is likewise attached inside. It has an antenna wire and ground wire, and the electrical cord is intact, but has minor wear-thru. The cabinet is marked "CAB No. R" on the bottom in stamped ink, with the number 1688 carved into the wood. The serial number is etched into the chassis of the actual radio.

This great old radio was part of my father's sizeable collection of antique and vintage radios, ranging from the very early years to the 50's and 60's. I am not a radio expert, and I have been advised by several collectors who are, that I should not attempt to plug in any of the old tube radios. Apparently, it could cause damage to the radios themselves if not properly checked out inside first, or perhaps cause a shock. I am told that a collector knows how to check the radio over carefully first.

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