font color=green>Near Mint DeForest BC-14A WW1 US Army Corps crystal set.
For offers is a DeForest BC-14A WW1 crystal set receiver.
The BC-14A set was made for the Signal corps of the U S Army . The order date for this set was July 1918. This set was a derivative of the french type A -1 crystal set designed in 1915. The A-1 and its later US counterparts were widely used in the European front trenches during WW1 to receive the coded enemy artillery postions from a spotter’s plane spark transmitter. Artillery spotting was primitive but highly successfull at times. It was a one way communication channel !
This BC-14A radio receiving set was manufactured by one of the most highly respected pioneers of American Radio Development : Lee DeForest . This set is the early July 1918 order as shown on the tag and by the description of the features of the set, such as the brown colour panel, small knobs with four arms and screwdriver slots on the binding posts.
The set is totally original and has not been manipulated. The cabinet of dove tailed construction is in mint condition; it still has the original green painting finished in super-excellent conditions for its age. The inside is spotless. The headphones are also Signal Corps items made by Murdoch, another famous American manufacturer. A few spare crystals are stored in the small cabinet.
Overall this is a fabulous piece of American history and heritage in near MINT condition. It does not get any better. These items were used in the trenches , hence the straps did not survive. For more info on this fascinating part of American history see AWA Review Volume 23.
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All items are carefully packed, however these are vintage electronic items, so they are being sold as is. I make every effort to ensure customer satisfaction, but I am not responsible for faulty equipment or other unrelated mishaps. I only charge for shipping.
This radio is larger than your normal crystal set ( 12.5 X 9 X 8.2 inches), is not light and requires safe packing. For this item shipping to the USA is 99$ for Xpress Post with insurance and signature. International is not recommended unless you have deep pockets. Canadian rates are similar to the USA rates but vary with the postal code. Thanks for looking.