The box itself is about
a five inch cube and carries the painted over name "Case
Spare Valves No.5 ZA1048". Inside I can recognise WWII surplus
parts in new condition including a couple of 2 volt triode valves,
marked HL23 and VR130 (which are the same thing despite being
different colours). One of the knobs is from a 17-Set, and some
of the parts look like 18 Set spares. What set was the box associated
with? Did Premier Radio supply the kit which seems to be a 2-valve
TRF radio? If so it must have been in the late 40s or perhaps
up to 1951? There are 3 variable condensers, tuning, reaction
and aerial trim or bandspread, a volume control and a wavechange
I just found this "Premier
Radio" advert (above) in an old RSGB Bulletin dated May
The firm used to be called Morris
and Co. (Radio) Ltd.
and at this date had just moved
to new premises in Fleet Street and Edgeware Road. Business must
have been booming.
I paid £4 and it was already
assembled but there were no batteries included!