Subsequent research revealed it to be a Stewart-Warner "Porto Baradio" from around 1942. It is what it appears to be: a portable bar with a built-in radio. Further research found that this particular piece does not have any of the original glassware, and that the warped speaker grill/radio dial was common for these models. Listed price at the estate sale was $90, but it was 20% off for the second day of the sale, or $72. If it lasted to the next day, it may have been half off.
Monday, January 22, 2018
1940's Porto Baradio
When the ice and snow finally melted away this weekend, I was able to drop by an estate sale or two, and I saw this intriguing item. Being accompanied by my apprentice (Benjamin, age 5), who required some supervision, I was unable to do any research on it at the sale. Other than being a bar with a built-in radio, and having a definite 1940's look, I had no information.