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1940s P17B Marconiphone Valve MW Radio

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1940s P17B Marconiphone Valve MW Radio

If you love quirky vintage radios then this 1940s P17B Marconiphone Valve MW Radio is the one for you!

At first glances it resembles a hinged tin with a leather carry handle but when you open the lid a wonderful art deco radio appears before your eyes!

It was marketed by Marconi as a four valve portable radio but only has Medium Wave capability. I'm not sure if this radio is working and is being sold as a collectible for display only.

The radio is in pretty good cosmetic condition. The outer case is scuffed and scratched with rusty hinges, but the inside is in fairly good condition except it needs a clean and probable overhaul.

A wonderful design, the radio would switch on automatically when the lid, which contains the aerial, was opened. The wires attaching the lid to the aerial are in place but one is broken. There is corrosion around the wires and lid attachments.


  • Serial Number: K11 9632
  • Model: Marconiphone P17B
  • Made by Marconi, UK
  • MW band only
  • Dates to ~ 1947-1949
  • The Marconi 17 series of Four Valves: X17, W17, ZD17, N17 are present but have not been tested
  • Approximate Radio Dimensions (WHD):  9.25 x 2.5 x 5 inch / 23.5 x 6.4 x 12.7 cm
  • Electrically identical to the Ever Ready Model B
  • Dry Battery Pack: Combined L.T and H.T 1.5 & 69 Volt. Not included. 
    • Originally used an Ever Ready B114 combination battery pack which is no longer available. 



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