We have always considered and collected these commercial masks and helmets as industries tribal art. Examples can be elegant in their simplicity or bazaar and complex. They are always unique, suprising and filled with personality.
1934 EKCO AD76 – Wells Coates Design
The radio manufactured by British firm Ekco and introduced in 1934 is one of the most iconic of all radio designs, famous for the circular Art Deco case. Designed in the early 1930’s by the modernist architect Wells Coates (1895-1958). Such a case would not be possible in wood so the design took full advantage of the use of Bakelite plastic which could be moulded to form the shape. The speaker is in the centre and the indicator dial forms around the top half of the circumference with the operation knobs below. Ekco AD76 - Manufactured in England by Ekco. This radio was made in 1935. This set has 4 valves. This set is close to 16 inches in diameter, and about 7.5 inches deep. It came in a brown bakelite... $1400