Pye P123BQ Battery Portable Radio

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Pye P123BQ Six transistor battery portable radio housed in wooden case trimmed with cream hessian and red suede look plastic covering. Long and medium wavebands selected by rotary switch. Powered by four 1.5 Volt cells. This is one of the first transistor radios to be produced in the UK. It was first marketed in January 1957 at a cost of £ 17.13s.4d (plus purchase tax)

This is one of a number of radios which belonged to the late Ron Griffiths which were given to me by his widow in 2013. Ron was was an engineer, working for himself and making parts for other firms. He made some items for the Pastorelli firm - brass cases for surveying equipment that is used in tropical climates - and also brass parts for Cambridge Instruments.