Stromberg Carlson Radio
This antique piece houses a radio-receiver in a four-legged highboy with a stretcher base. The central cabinet doors slide outward to reveal the face of the radio covered by a decorative panel with flourishing scrollwork pressed into veneer-faced plywood. The radio dial peeks through a narrowing viewfinder outfitted with a minutely ornamented brass piece and below it in gold lettering is the manufacturer name, "Stromberg-Carlson". A corresponding tuning knob with two subsequent knobs for sharpening and volume sit below the dial. Their backdrop breaks from the scrolling design into a banner modeled after gathered fabric, perhaps to imitate the movement of the knobs. The speaker is below but is disguised by a wooden cutout of the scrolling design used around the dial overlaying acoustic cloth of the same color. Then the cabinet doors are closed, staining on the doors mimic a proscenium arch and are framed by beveled wooden panels in the fashion of stage curtains, combining with a scrollwork banner above to suggest a theater stage.