Bakelite mantle radio

Made c 1947

This radio is rebadged. Rebadging is the practice of two parties, in this case a manufacturer and a retail distributor, pooling resources to produce a product. The radio is badged with the retailer’s name ‘Anthony Hordern & Sons Ltd’. This retailer operated emporiums in the Sydney central business district from the turn of the century until the late 1960s.


Radio receiver, mantle radio, Bakelite / glass / metal electronic components, maker unknown for Anthony Hordern & Sons Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c 1947

Brown Bakelite radio with square speaker section and matching square frequency dial. Design features seven moulded horizontal lines across centre. Two control knobs below speaker and two below dial. Dial needle is white painted metal, centre of dial reads 'UNI / Anthony Hordern & Sons Ltd'. Open back with sticker on chassis reads 'DANCER' with safety instructions.


365 mm
235 mm
220 mm


The radio was designed and manufactured for Anthony Hordern & Sons Ltd. Manufacturer unknown.
c 1947


Gift of David W Hain, 2007

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Bakelite mantle radio 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 30 March 2017, <>
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