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Kolster-Brandes model FB10C

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Foots Cray (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1946-1950 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Griffin, Lawrence (designers)
    Kolster-Brandes Ltd (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Phenol-formaldehyde ('Bakelite'), compression-moulded and spray-painted; woven fabric; glass

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Mains portable 'toaster'-shaped radio set with rounded corners, made from Bakelite, spray-painted cream. There is an integral handle to the top-rear. On top of the set is a rectangular glass tuning scale with medium and long wavebands. The controls are recessed on the bottom edge. The loudspeaker is behind three Bakelite 'bars', with a fabric-covered ventilation grille at the rear.

Place of Origin

Foots Cray (manufactured)


1946-1950 (made)


Griffin, Lawrence (designers)
Kolster-Brandes Ltd (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Phenol-formaldehyde ('Bakelite'), compression-moulded and spray-painted; woven fabric; glass


Length: 25 cm, Height: 17 cm, Depth: 16.5 cm

Object history note

Purchased in 1976 from Gustav Metzger [76/444]. On entry to the Museum the condition of this radio was noted: 'surface rubbed. Left control knob cracked'

Descriptive line

Model FB10 'Magical Midget' ('Toaster') radio; Lawrence Griffin for Kolster-Brandes Ltd.; Foots Cray; 1946-50

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Hawes, Robert and Sassower, Gad. Bakelite Radios (Edison, New Jersey, 1996)
Hawes, Robert, Radio Art (London, 1991)
Hogben, Carol, The Wireless Show!: 130 classic radio receivers, 1920s to 1950s, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1977

Labels and date

About 1950
Designed by Lawrence Griffin
Manufactured by Kolster Brandes Ltd., Kent, England
Moulded Bakelite plastic with glass tuning scale

This was the first British radio to go over the one million sales mark. It was intended as a cheap, second, household radio. [pre October 2000]


Bakelite; Phenolic; Glass


Compression-moulding; Spray-painting


Household objects; Entertainment & Leisure; Plastic; Audio equipment; Product design

Production Type

Mass produced


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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