Play Things Of Past
Play Things Of Past -----> KNOBS - Radio, TV, Misc. This file last updated on Sept. 9th, 2019 Sold items deleted, new items added This file is .... knobs.htm All prices are for quantity of 1 each. Use browser back arrow to return 46 photos shown at bottom of this page of various 1920's to 1950's radio knobs. If knob need is shown in the photo(s) below then state which photo# it is AND which row and column knob the knob is in, Photos: Click on small image to see large view. ------------------------------------------------------------- DO NOT send us an email stating you need knobs for "Model XYZ Radio", this is totally of no help. A photo in .JPG file format is required or else send a good sketch. ------------------------------------------------------------- 1920's WIPER KNOBS with nickel plated wiper blade: see web page..: www.oldradioparts.com/pg2a18a.htm BATTERY SET KNOBS 1920'S: We have over 600 knobs for 1920's battery set radios. Send us a sketch with "detailed" description and physical dimensions, color, shaft type, etc. If we have it we will send it along with your order. Price depends on type, scarcity, demand and other factors, but mainly on the time to locate it among our many we have. HAM and COMMUNICATIONS TYPE KNOBS: We have 1500 knobs that fit this catagory. Again (as above), send us a sketch of the types you are looking for. RADIO KNOBS 1930/40'S: Have several thousand types. Send us a sketch with description of size, color, shaft type, what radio it goes to and any other helpful facts such as a book that shows this knob. Price again is determined by scarcity and the time to locate knob in the thousands we have. WOOD RADIO KNOBS 1920/30's: I have probably over 1000 wood knobs. They were made in countless designs and sizes. Very doubtful on getting matching sets of 3 or more. Most knobs were used on flatted shafts, those knobs for round shafts with set screw in limited supply. RADIO KNOBS 1940/80'S: Mainly plastic types, send information as stated above. We have many, many types including some metal car radio types TELEVISION TYPES 1940/70'S: Have over 500 types, send info.
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LISTED BELOW: Most of the types below are NEW OR USED types that we have in small to moderate quantities. Because of space limitations it may be hard to decipher the limited description given. Also see some photos at bottom. N = NEW, U = USED STK# DESCRIPTION PRICE ---- -------------------------------------------------- ----- 5900 ARROW KNOB, 1 1/2 WITH 3/16 DIA SHAFT HOLE,INQUIRE 0.00 5901 ARROW KNOB, 1 1/2 DIA, NO ARROW,3/8 DIA SFT .....N 0.00 5902 ARROW KNOB, 1 1/2 DIA, TAPPERED SIDES, 1/4 SFT, U 0.00 5903 ARROW BUT WITHOUT ARROW ON TOP, 1 1/2 DIA........U 0.00 5904 ARROW KNOB, 1 1/8 DIA, INQUIRE ..................U 0.00 5905 ARROW KNOB WITHOUT ARROW ON TOP, 1 1/8 DIA ......U 0.00 5905 Above knobs - see photo below (#knob10) .........U 0.00 --------------------------------------------------------------- 5506 1 3/4 BOT, 1 1/8 TOP, VERNIER HOLE,AMSCO RHEO, Q15 0.00 5907 1" BASE,FLUTTED SIDES,MIL, MODERN, ARROW,1/4", Q09 0.00 5908 1 1/8 BOT, 13/16 TOP, TAPER, GRN SWIRL, BRASS BUSH 0.00 5909 1 1/4 BOT, 15/16 TOP, LIKE CROSLEY/FADA W/POINTER. 0.00 5910 BAR KNOB, 1 5/8L, 5/8H, 1/2W, 1/4 METAL SHAFT, Q40 0.00 5912 TAP SWITCH KNOBS - SEE RADIO PARTS/TAP SWITCHES... 0.00 5913 1 5/8 BOT. 1 1/32 TOP, TAPER, FLANGE, EXTEND ARROW 0.00 5914 RCA TYPE KNOBS, RADIOLA'S, LONG 3/16d. SFT, INQ. 0.00 5915 1 3/4 BASE, 1 1/8 TOP, TAPER, FLANGE, MAGNUS RHEO. 0.00 5916 GENERAL RADIO KNOBS, HAVE MOST SIZES 1/2 TO 2" DIA 0.00 5919 REMLER 1 1/16D x 9/16H, 8/32 SCREW, BLK, LIKE AK'S 0.00 5920 FEDERAL RHEO KNOBS W/METAL PONTER, 1/4 METAL SHAFT 0.00 5921 HOWARD & CUTLER HAMMER RHEO KNOBS,HAVE MOST STYLES 0.00 5922 CROSLEY PUSH/PULL KNOBS FOR MODEL 51/52'S, ETC.... 0.00 5923 1 1/8 BOT, 3/4 TOP, PEBBLE TOP FINISH, BLACK, Q 14 0.00 5924 1 1/8 BOT, 11/16T, PEBBLE, ARROW DESIGN, BROWN,Q15 0.00 5925 LIKE ABOVE BUT WITH 3/16 SHAFT HOLE DIA........Q04 0.00 5926 1 3/8 BOT, 15/16 TOP, PEBBLE, NO ARROW, BROWN..Q25 0.00 5928 1 11/32 DIA, 1 1/16 BOT, PATTERN ON TOP, BRN BKLT. 0.00 5930 RCA RADIOLA 33 BAR KNOB, BLACK, FLAT SHAFT, QTY 7 0.00 5931 RADIOLA 18 KNOB, 1/4 FLATTED,MANY COLOR SHADES,INQ 0.00 5932 RADIOLA 17 KNOB, 3/16" ROUND SHAFT SIZE, INQ...... 0.00 5933 1 1/2 BOT, 1 1/16 TOP, 7/8H, TAPER, BRN BKLT, QT10 0.00 5935 OTHER KNOBS - SEND SIZE, SKETCH, COLOR, OTHER INFO 0.00 5936 1920s WIPER KNOB www.oldradioparts.com/pg2a18a.htm 0.00 5937 Variac knobs,2 5/8 diameter,w/pointer,3/8dia shaft 0.00 5940 GUILD Company wood knobs, see photo below .. ..... 0.00 5941 KNOB FELTS, 3/4" DIA,,brown, PRECISION DIE CUT, EA 0.15 5942 KNOB FELTS, other sizes and colors, inquire....... 0.00 5950 -------------------------------------------------- 0.00 Note on PHILCO knobs: Philco made two types of flatted shafts, one is called 3/4 flatted and other 1/2 flatted. In other words all are flatted but one has the flat much thicker than the standard 1930/40's knobs used by other manufacturers. All 1930's Philco Rosetta knobs used the thicker 3/4 flatted shaft. Philco has made a brown colored hex knob used on many late 1920's radios, they are shown in any photos below. KNOB FELTS: Precision die stamped, brown felt, 3/4" diameter, 1/4" center hole - $0.15 each. Knob felts - other sizes and colors - inquire.
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PHILCO ROESETTA KNOBS: Three sizes of Philco rosetta knobs, Large, Medium and Tiny. The Tiny size are very hard to find without edge chips, I have limited supply of that size. See photo #16 for view of the two sizes of Tiny knob made. (lower left corner) More Philco knobs shown in photo #16
Stock # knob1, Price $ inquire
BROWN SPLINED KNOBS: Generic brown swirled knobs for splined shafts. They have a small rear stem extension about 3/16 inch long. Note: July 2017 - they are now sold out. I do have others (used) with various lengths of rear stems, mostly for splined shafts.
Stock # knob2, Price $ inquire
General Radio Co. - Modern: These are modern type knobs by General Radio Company, supply very limited - inquire. Also have some G.R. knobs as used on 1920's battery radios and test equipment. 2016 -Note: G.R. knob supply on hand is very limited
Stock # knob3, Price $ inquire
RCA Equipment knobs: These were used on RCA audio equipment. About 5 types and sizes made, a few shown in photo. Note: 2018 update; Extremely limited supply on all sizes, don't ask for more than one total of any one size. Sold out of the large 2 3/8" diameter size.
Stock # knob4, Price $ inquire
Bakelite knobs - top designs: Typical 1930's bakelite knobs with top designs - photo 1 of 2
Stock # knob5, Price $ inquire
Bakelite knobs - top designs: Typical 1930's bakelite knobs with top designs - photo 2 of 2
Stock # knob6, Price $ inquire
POINTER KNOBS: Typical "chicken head" pointer knobs and a few other pointer types. Several styles of black chicken head knobs (flat top or a grooved top). Also have a few in colors such as red, maroon, white, brown, gray, etc. Average length is 1 1/4 inches. Shown are a few other styles plus I have more not shown in photo. Most are in used condition, have a few in NOS.
Stock #knob7, Price $ inquire
RAYTHEON style knobs: These were made by Raytheon and were popular on many types of equipment in the 1960/70's. All are used.
Stock # knob8, Price $ inquire
Dakaware knobs: These are bakelite knobs with side ridges. Used in 1950-1970's equipment. Large size is 1 1/2" bottom diameter. Have both NOS and used in that size. Other 2 sizes very limited stock. The 3/4" small size is sold out, other common sizes made were 1", 1 1/4". Some also avialable without skirt.
Stock # knob9, Price $ inquire
1920/30's ARROW knobs: Typical 1920/1930's bakelite knobs with top arrow indicator (1 1/2' diameter, small size is 1 1/8" diameter. Also made without top arrow. Both types come in 3/16" or 1/4" diameter shaft size. A few other odd types shown also. Almost are are in vgd used condition. Also have some in brown color. The 1 1/2 inch arrow knobs are also available at a cheaper price if you don't mind re-whiting the top arrow.
Stock # knob10, Price $ inquire
1920/1930's CROSLEY knobs: Mostly bakelite types as used on 1930's Crosley radios. The Octagon shaped knobs were made in 3 diameters. For other types not shown please inquire.
Stock # knob11, Price $ inquire
1920/30's ATWATER KENT knobs: A few of the more commonly seen knobs on 1930's Atwater Kent radios. For others not shown please inquire.
Stock # knob12, Price $ inquire
1920/30's PILOT & ATWATER KENT knobs: Pilot 1930's bakelite knobs and a few that closely resemble the Pilots such as Atwater Kent (3rd column) and others that may be Dakaware?
Stock # knob13, Price $ inquire
1930/40's EMERSON & FADA knobs: Typical 1930/40's bakelite knobs by Emerson and Fada. Some in short supply. Some in colors - inquire.
Stock # knob14, Price $ inquire
1930's RCA and G.E. knobs: Typical 1930's bakelite knobs by RCA and General Electric. Many other styles were made by both companies and are not shown in photo, please inquire. Also in stock and shown in other photos are the RCA knobs used in late 1940's and early 1950's radios and phonos. RCA wood knobs - have some but limited quantities, inquire and provide photo of type you are seeking.
Stock # knob15, Price $ inquire
1930/40's PHILCO KNOBS: Typical Philco knobs, mostly from the 1930's. Also have the brown hexagon shaped Philco knobs as used on late 1920's radios, see photo #43. Other types not shown in photo inquire. Be aware that some Philco flatted shaft knobs are meant for flatted shafts that are much thicker then the "normal" flatted shafts. This was common for Philco until the late 1930's when they conformed to the more standard type flatted shaft. Also, not shown in photo are the coarse tuning dial knobs used on many Philco's that had concentric shafts for fine and coarse tuning. I have them in stock. Caution - made in two shaft diameters for the coarse outer tuning shaft. Inner knob also made in two shaft sizes. Made in both brown and black colors. Also see photo #1 for better view of the Philco Rosetta knobs.
Stock # knob16, Price $ inquire
'TOP LINE' knobs: Typical 1930's bakelite knobs with top lines. Many versions and sizes made. Not all types made shown in photo.
Stock # knob17, Price $ inquire
1930's OCTAGON knobs: Typical 1930's bakelite knobs with 6 or 8 flat sides. Many variations and styles made. Shown are some of the more common types
Stock # knob18, Price $ inquire
4 x 4 EDGE LINE knobs: Typical 1930/40's bakelite knobs with 4 x 4 edge lines. Common colors are black and many shades of brown.
Stock # knob19, Price $ inquire
"WING" knobs: Typical 1930's bakelite knobs with side "wings" Not all types shown, many variations and colors.
Stock # knob20, Price $ inquire
"DOME" knobs: Typical 1930's bakelite "DOME" knobs. Not all types shown, many variations and colors made in dome type knobs.
Stock # knob21, Price $ inquire
SEARS Silvertone knobs: Typical 1930's bakelite and plastic knobs as used on most 1930's Sears radios. Not all types shown, many variations and colors made. Jan. 2018 update - limited supply of all types.
Stock # knob22, Price $ inquire
"PIN WHEEL" knobs: Typical 1930/40's plastic "Pin Wheel" knobs with 3 fins on sides. Not all types shown, many variations and colors made in this type knob.
Stock # knob23, Price $ inquire
"AIRLINE, Montgomery Ward" knobs: Typical 1930's plastic knobs as used on many Montfomery Ward radios. Not all types shown, many variations and colors made in this style knobs.
Stock # knob24, Price $ inquire
"FLUTTED SIDES" knob: Typical 1930's bakelite flutted side knobs. Not all types shown, many variations and colors made in this style knob.
Stock # knob25, Price $ inquire
"TOP LINES" knob: Typical 1930/40's bakelite and/or plastic "Top line(s)" knob. Not all types shown, many variations and colors made in this style knob.
Stock # knob26, Price $ inquire
"TOP CIRCLE(s)" knobs: Typical 1930/40's bakelite "top circle" knobs. Not all types shown, many variations and colors made in this style knob.
Stock # knob27, Price $ inquire
"EQUIPMENT" knobs: Not sure what company made these nice black bakelite knobs. Also not sure of age but in some cases they could pass for a 1920's style knob. Come in 3 sizes - 1 3/4", 1 3/8" and 1" diameter (measured to sides of flutes). Shown in bottom right corner is a 1920's Deforest knob for comparison.
Stock # knob28, Price $ inquire
"COLORED" knobs: I think these date from the 1950's and are made of a plastic material (maybe TENITE ?). All are NOS but will need cleaning from sitting for many years of storage in a barn. Supply on certain styles and color may be limited. The big black knob is very similiar to a type of knob seen on some Hammarlund radios, but not exact? Clear pointer on big round knobs is optional (limited supply of them)
Stock # knob29, Price $ inquire
GENERIC WOOD KNOBS: A generic wood knob, age unknown. Knob is a reddsih/brown mahogany color, wood looks to be actually Walnut. Size of knob is 1 1/8" diameter at bottom, about 5/8" high to center of convex top surface and has side grooves. It takes a 1/4" diameter flatted shaft and shaft length that will fit inside knob is 15/32" maximum. Note: Jan. 2018 - have just two left in stock
Stock # knob30, Price $ inquire
EQUIPMENT KNOBS: Black bakelite knobs with large side flutes. Seen mainly on 1940's to 1960's equipment. Standard sizes are 1 1/8, 1 3/8, 1 5/8 and 2 3/8 inch diameter. Also have some with pointers or bottom circular skirt. Inquire for size availablity and type.
Stock # knob31, Price $ inquire
MISC. KNOBS: Left in photo is a whitish/creme colored bakelite knob. It has a rear stem 1/2" long, knob diameter is 7/8". Takes a flatted shaft, knobs are missing the insert springs (they are NOS). Other knob on right side is some sort of plastic, it is a brownish/tan colored with swirls of black mixed in. It is 1 1/2" diameter and is also new-old-stock and missing the insert spring (for a flatted shaft). Edge is serrated and has one index line that is heavier than serrations.
Stock # knob32, Price $ inquire
BROWN KNOBS W/SIDE FLUTES: Many knobs were made in this style. Some have a short rear stem while others are flat on bottom. Made in two styles of shaft - flatted and splined (knurled). Top diameter of knob is about 7/8 inch diameter with side ridges. Also have some that are new but missing the insert spring for flatted shaft (Inquire if I have the required special insert springs) Also see photo #49 for same style with flat bottoms and for flatted shaft.
Stock # knob33, Price $ inquire
DAKAWARE CONTROL KNOB: Black bakelite control knob with brushed aluminum top. Bottom skirt diameter is 1 1/8"+, top diameter is about 3/4", has white indicator marker on skirt. Has set screw for 1/4" diameter whaft. They are N.O.S./new. Only have about 16 in stock
Stock # knob34, Price $1.50 each
1930's AUTO RADIO KNOBS: These are mostly for auto radios of the 1930/40's. Most are made of Celluloid or Tenite type of plastic.
Stock # knob35, Price $ inquire
1930's AUTO RADIO KNOBS: These are mostly for auto radios of the 1930/40's. Most are made of Celluloid or Tenite type of plastic.
Stock # knob36, Price $ inquire
MAJESTIC KNOBS: These knobs were used on many Majestic models in the late 1920's. They are made of either wood or bakelite with a colored metal top cover. Typical colors seen are silver, gold and bronze. Top diameter is 1 1/8" wide and about 3/4" tall. All have set screws for 1/4"d. shafts.
Stock # knob37, Price $ inquire
WOOD FLOWER KNOBS: These are wood knobs used on many radios in the 1920/30's. Made in MANY variations and sizes. The top of knob has a flower motif which is made of metal. Most have set screws for 1/4" diameter shafts, a few types has insert spring for flatted shafts.
Stock # knob38, Price $ inquire
RCA 1940/50'S KNOBS: These are plastic or bakelite knobs as used on many RCA 1940/50's table model radios. Some have a circular line inscribed on top, some have a pointer index of either a dot or line. Made in about 2-3 shades of brown plus white and a blue-ish color.. All are for flatted 1/4" diameter shafts.
Stock # knob39, Price $ inquire
RCA 1940/50'S KNOBS: These are plastic or bakelite knobs as used on many RCA 1940/50's table model radios and phonographs. All have a rear stem of various lengths. Also shown is a big flat RCA knob that is 1 7/8" diameter. NOTE: July 2017 - all knobs shown in photo are in very limited supply now.
Stock # knob40, Price $ inquire
IVORY KNOBS: Photo shows a 1940/1950's plastic knob in Ivory color and with scalloped sides. These knobs are New-Old-Stock. They fit a splined shaft (knurled shaft) and are 1 1/8 inch diameter and about 9/16 to the top of the slightly domed top. I also have some similiar knobs in brown color (used) - inquire.
Stock # knob41, Price $1.50 each or 4 for $5.00
FLEUR DE LIS KNOBS: Photo shows some bakelite knobs as used in late 1920's and early 1930's. The knobs with the "design arrow" were commonly called Fleur De Lis kbobs. Made mostly in brown color. The knobs with out top arrow design have textured pebble finish on top. Also in brown color. Have a few in black - inquire. The Fleur De Lis knobs come in sizes of 1 1/8" and 1 1/4" diamter.
Stock # knob42, Price - Inquire
PHILCO OCTAGON KNOBS: Photo shows two sizes of Philco Octagon knobs as used in late 1920's console radios. They all have a rear stem to reach into cabinet hole. They also made this style with out a rear stem but difficult to find - inquire if any available
Stock # knob43, Price - Inquire
GENERAL RADIO KNOBS: General Radio Company knobs from 1920's mainly. Come in 3 diameter sizes, most have a metal pointer. A few other odd sizes also made. The small kbob is a vernier knob and has internal #8 threads for mounting to a threaded shaft.
Stock # knob44, Price - Inquire
GUILD Co.WOOD KNOBS: Wood knobs for Guild Co. radios. Made of cheap maple wood stained to variouis colors. A multitude of different designs and sizes. Provide good photo of all 3 views of your knob if you are trying to match one you have now.
Stock # knob45, Price - Inquire
ZENITH.WOOD KNOBS: Wood knobs for 1930's Zenith radios. Top row shows the larger size tuning knobs. Second row are knobs of 1 3/8" diameter. Third row are knobs of 1 1/8" diameter. Inquire for any not shown in photos. No 9S262 motor knobs in stock but I can modify a small knob type with a brass insert for 1/8" diameter shaft with set screw - inquire. Prices for 1 1/8" and 1 3/8" sizes range from $15.00 to $20.00 each depending upon various factors.
Stock # knob46, Price - Inquire
WOOD KNOBS: Shown are 3 types of wood knobs. The 1st column is an old knob of unknown manufacturer. It is sort of generic and could be used on just about any radio. Made of walnut, it is 1 1/8" diameter and 5/8" high to top of convex curved top. It is for a 1/4"d flatted shaft. The 2nd column is a reproduction wood knob. Bottom diameter is 1 3/16, top diameter is 1" and height of knob is 3/4". Mounts on 1/4"d shaft using a set screw. Also have 3 of that style that are stained a lighter brown color. The 3rd column is also a reproduction wood knob. Bottom diameter is 13/16", top diameter is 1" and mounts on a 1/4"d shaft using a set screw. The last two reproduction knobs are from Mark Oppat of Antique Audio in Michigan. The old knob is $6.50 each, the reproduction knobs are $5.00 each
Stock # knob47, Price - see above
IVORY PLASTIC.KNOB: A nice generic Ivory/Creme plastic knob for 1/4" diameter shafts with splined/knurled ends. Knob diameter is 7/8" at the bottom with a slight taper to the sides to the slightly curved convex top and has side ridges for gripping. Knob is about 7/16" high so splined shaft must not stick out of radio panel hole no more then 3/8 +/- inches. Knobs are new-old-stock. (Limited supply of qty 35)
Stock # knob48, Price - $1.50 each or 4 for $5.00
BROWN BAKELITE KNOB: A brown bakelite knob for general purpose use on most 1930 to 1950's radios. Knob is 13/16"+ diameter, height about 1/2" to the slightly curved convex top and has large side flutes for knob gripping. For use on 1/4" diameter flatted shafts only (has internal knob spring). Knobs are new-old-stock and have about 65 in stock. Jan 2018 note: I have a few of this same knob with set screw mounting for any type of 1/4" diameter shaft - price is higher.
Stock # knob49, Price - $1.50 each or 2 or more $1.25 each
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