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Pit-a-Pat Radios by Marion Osborne

In the 1938 Pit-a-Pat catalogue, a wireless set and radiogram are listed. The wireless set is described as "very realistic, black and gold finish", and the radiogram was a "pedestal style, most realistic".



Rebecca's Pit-a-Pat article in August last year included photos of a radiogram, and of a black and silver wireless.


Pit-a-Pat wireless set © KT Miniatures


Pit-a-Pat radiogram (closed and open)  © Eleanor


I have a Pit-a-Pat wireless, with a label, in a stained wood finish. It is the central one in the photos below. It is 1½" (or 3.75 cm) square x ¾" deep. The centre is routed out and mesh is inserted and held in place with a single nail. (Note that it does not have a metal ring around the mesh, as the wireless and radiogram above do - and which appears to be shown in the catalogue illustrations.) Two more nails/tacks are used for controls.  This wireless has lost its feet, though holes can be seen in the base.


Three radios, front and back  © Marion Osborne



The other two radios in these photos are a puzzle.  The largest of the three is 2¼" (or 5.75 cm) tall x 7/8" deep.  As you can see from the photos it is just a piece of wood, with the centre routed, mesh inserted and kept in place with a single nail, whilst two more nails/tacks are used for controls, as on the labelled radio.  Underneath it has bead feet in each corner, there is no label, but it is very much in the Pit a Pat style.  The labelled radio is much smoother and a better finish all over, so possibly it is from the mid 1930s and the larger one is perhaps late 1939 into 1940, when manpower was not available and materials were in short supply due to the war.  The large radio could just be because they made several scaled 3-piece suites, so why not radios? 



Side view of three radios © Marion Osborne


The third radio looks exactly the same as the central one, complete with the wooden feet, but it is black and gold. It measures 1¾" tall (not including the feet) x 1 ⅝"   across x  ½" deep, and has the same bead feet as the large radio.  It does not have a label either.  So the question is whether the black and gold radio is Pit a Pat, as listed in the 1938 catalogue, or whether it could be Tiny Toy, as Tiny Toy also made black and gold painted items. 


Bottom of three radios  © Marion Osborne


If anyone has the same radios with labels it would be lovely to hear from you. 

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