Transistor radio, flower basket, model number 90674, plastic/metal, Toshiba, Tokyo Electrical Company Limited, Japan, 1957.
A spherical portable transistor radio with carry handle in the form of an 'oriental' flower basket. The transistor is made of cream and red plastic with gold metallic trim handle and central band and stands on a circular red base. The upper cream section of the radio above central band is ornamented with peony-like flowers to evoke tradional Japanese lacquer decoration. The flowers are handpainted in cream, yellow, maroon and purple with pale blue and dark green leaves. Lower half of radio and stand is red. The frequency dial is red and cream with gold numerals and is located on the top of the radio. Power switch located next to carry handle hinge. Impressed in black on central band are the words 'TOSHIBA' and on the handle 'TRANSISTOR'. An oval plaque affixed to stand bears the brand name 'Toshiba'.
Stamped on metal plate screwed to base: 'TOSHIBA TRANSISTOR RADIO/ TOKYO SHIBAURA ELECTRIC CO. LTD. JAPAN/ BATTERY VOLTAGE 6V/ OUTPUT 0.3 WATT/ FREQ. RANGE 540-1600 KG'. Impressed into plastic above metal plate: 'TOSHIBA/ 90674/TOKYO SHIBAURA ELECTRIC CO. LTD/ JAPAN'. White rectangular shop label tied to handle with thin red satin ribbon and handwritten in black ink: (front) 'Toshiba Transistor/ SPHERICAL RADIO - VERY/ RATE & UNUSUAL HAND PAINTED FLOWER BASKET DESIGN WITH CARRY HANDLE/ $250-' and 'GOOD WORKING ORDER - BATTERY OPERATED' surrounding a stamped image of an angel; (back) 'POSSESSION/ 321 CROWN STREEET, SURRY HILLS/ PH: 360-3113/ Hours 11 AM - 5.30 PM/ MONDAY - SATURDAY.'