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Upcoming Estes Auction with several Scott radios

https://www.auctionzip.com/auction-catalog/vintage-radio-auction-8-...

Of note, lot 92 is a Scott Special Communications Receiver, and lot 155 is an Allwave-27 in a Warwick Grande cabinet. 

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The "built for" plate on this Special says "E. H. Scott". The set has been in a private collection for close to 50 years, a few tidbits can be found in the earliest Puett newsletters. The AW27 includes a record cutter in the cabinet (which is huge). Neither of these two sets has been restored. There are over 20 Scott sets in and out of cabinets, plus a couple McMurdo Silver sets. Since I am close to Estes, I plan to be there, should be quite a sale.

Kent

Good hunting, Kent! 

-Rodney

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Yeah, that was a hard-to-predict auction!  Fun to watch, and some surprising results. Like the Zenith Darth Vader 12S475 that went for $1000, and the very next lot, the Scott AW15 Wellington went for $375.  ???  I would think they're about equivalent in value.  Granted the AW15 was missing its 2A3s and the phono, but that can't explain the $625 difference can it? 

Hope everyone who went, got something good! 

Looking forward to bringing home my AW 23 in the Roslyn cabinet.

That is a nice radio in a scarce cabinet.

John Chidgey said:

Looking forward to bringing home my AW 23 in the Roslyn cabinet.

August 26, 2023 Estes Auction Results                                                                                                Does anyone here have the Provenance on the Allwave 27 that sold for $68,000?

 

  • Allwave 15 Wellington Cabinet – Complete, unrestored fair chrome:                               $    375
  • Philharmonic Warrington cabinet – Complete, w/tweeters, fair chrome:                          $    950
  • The Scott Special receiver - 1 of 3 built for E.H. Scott, complete with                                   receiver, speaker, and amp and custom case. Around 10 produced in total.                                This radio is said to be gifted to Scott’s banker. From the Joe Hosler collection:      $ 31,100                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  • AC10 w-power supply & speaker in Orleans cabinet older restoration:                           $      400
  • Allwave 12 w-power supply & speaker- Olympia Cabinet, complete:                              $      850
  • Early Dule dial Allwave complete, fair chrome in Warrington Cabinet:                             $      375
  • Allwave 23 in rare Roslyn Grande Cabinet, compete w/tweeters good chrome:               $   2,500                                                                                        
  • Philharmonic Beam of light in Tasman cabinet – complete w/tweeters fair chrome:        $    1,500                                                                                                
  • Allwave 23 - Nelson Grande Cabinet, turntable, w/tweeter, good chrome:                     $   1,400
  • Philharmonic Wellington Cabinet, Beam of light. Missing knobs, wrong tweeters and                                 1950s turntable w/1950 pre-amp:                                                                        $    800
  • Rare Allwave 27 in rare Warwick Grande Cabinet, phonograph missing, rare Presto                                 record cutter, no rec. cutter amp. Correct amp, speaker tweeter. Unrestored                                           From Joe Hosler collection:                                                                                      $68,000
  • Allwave 12 in Tasman cabinet wrong power supply & speaker:                                         $     850
  • Shield Grid 9 chassis with power supply and amp:                                                            $     700

      NOTE: There were several partial Scott sets, chassis, amps speakers with no cabinets not listed here.         

      Price I believe do not include Estes auction fees.                                                    

The Wellington AW-15 had some "interesting" cosmetic problems. Chrome was so-so. No phono.

Lots of missing veneer on the bottom base. The fancy detail just below the lid all across the top above the control panel was broken up and a lot missing - like some child went after it with a screw driver - be tough to recreate. Otherwise, a very tired finish.

There were approximately 25 Scott Special Communications Receivers built.  The recording setup in the Warwick Grand did not use  separate record amplifier.

Norman 

Thanks for the numbers produced on the Scott Special Communications receivers and the clarification on the record cutter recording amp! Do you know who owned this Allwave 27 before Joe. Any thoughts to why this Allwave 27 went for such a high price?

Norman S Braithwaite said:

There were approximately 25 Scott Special Communications Receivers built.  The recording setup in the Warwick Grand did not use  separate record amplifier.

Norman 

I do not know who Joe procured the set from.  There are only three Warwick Grande consoles in collector captivity and the cabinet design was influenced by Rudy Vallee.

Norman 

It's hard to believe a year ago, in a Bonham's auction an AW27 in a very hard to find Ravinia Grande cabinet with a Capehart record changer sold for only $3,750 compared to the this Estes auction were the AW 27 fetch $68,000 today. A mint Scott AW 23 in that same Banham's auction with the hard to find Valencia cabinet sold for just over $2,000 and an unrestored 1000Z Stratosphere sold for $24,225, which about the going action price on of these radio today. So radio buyers were at the Bonham's auction. I get the rarity of only 3 Warwick cabinets found to date. It's not a cabinet for everyone due to its sized and heavy gothic design influence, plus there's no record changer. I also get that record cutter is of some extra value. I have to scratch my head on the Rudy Vallee connection. It's a neat story that Rudy, who's star was starting to fade on radio in 1936, handed Peerless cabinet designer Frank Johnson his sketch's that influence Johnson's design. When I look at the price paid for one of three Scott Special Communications Receivers, produced personally for E.H. Scott and only 25 of these produced, as you mentioned here in your post, I have to scratch my head again, because that radio has some real Provenance to it, especially to a hard-cord, well-healed Scott radio collectors. The price that the Special realized seem right compared to past Special sales, plus give the Scott ownership. But, $68,000 for this AW 27, more than double than what one of Scott's personal radio sold for that was equally rare... it just does not add up. There has to be more to this AW 27 radio story to motivate at least two well-healed bidders to bid a Scott radio up to this level, especially in a declining market were all the collectors are slowly dying off. 

Norman S Braithwaite said:

I do not know who Joe procured the set from.  There are only three Warwick Grande consoles in collector captivity and the cabinet design was influenced by Rudy Vallee.

Norman 

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