Radio cabinet for the Philips 2501/2502 radio
Dutch Art Deco (Amsterdamse School) made around 1927 by A. Brandsteder, Amsterdam, for the Philips 2501/2502 radio. Material: oak wood and coromandel wood.
The radio can be placed inside the top segment of the cabinet. Three small rectangular openings make it possible see both wave-length indicators and to operate the wave range selector. In the lower half there is room for batteries or for the Philips 372 power supply unit. Two small side doors are used to reach the various knobs of the set.
The same cabinet was also made for the Philips 2514.
I did not yet find information about the designer. Some minor damage to the cabinet was fixed by furniture restorer Wiego Bergsma, Utrecht.
A Brandsteder loudspeaker cabinet can be seen here
Measurements
Height: 92 cm
Width: 44 cm
Depth: 28,5 cm
 

 
The cabinet, together with the Philips 2501 radio and the Philips 2003 loudspeaker, were on display in the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven from June 9th, 2012 until November 11th, 2012, as part of an exhibition about the period 1924-1929.
 
The Philips 2501, a Brandsteder radio cabinet and a Philips 2003 loudspeaker at the exhibition, June 15th, 2012
 

A. Brandsteder, Amsterdam brand.
Room for the Philips 372 battery eliminator (and an extra battery in case of a 2502 radio) behind the lid.
Radio cabinet for the Philips 2514 or 2524 radio
The cabinet was also made for the somewhat larger 2514/2524 radio.
Three ornaments in coromandel wood were repaired by woodworker J.F. van Zelst, Utrecht.
Measurements
Height: 92 cm
Width: 49 cm
Depth: 28,5 cm
Radio cabinet
Oak with coromandel details. The shape of the sawn frame suggests that this cabinet was made for the NSF 4 chassis.
Measurements
Height: 98,5 cm
Width: 47 cm
Depth: 36 cm
Made in in: ±1926
Purchased in: 2011
History
On January 1st, 1924, Antonius Brandsteder, (born in Amsterdam on September 17th 1889, he died in Amsterdam on 19 September 19th, 1962), founded a small workshop in Kerkstraat 121-123 in Amsterdam: "Brandsteder Spreekmachine Meubelen" (picture left) The workshop made wooden cabinets for gramophones (for example for Pathé), radios and loudspeakers. Frame antennas were also made. A few years later the workshop moved to 3e Schinkelstraat 33A (picture right).
  After 1945, a sawmill in Bloemstraat 172 (picture left) made the panels for the cabinets; the cabinets were assembled in the workshop in 3e Schinkelstraat. 
Brandsteder also imported the British Collaro gramophones.
In the early 1950s, Brandsteder started making television cabinets. At that time the company employed 45 workers.
In the late fifties, times were getting harder and Brandsteder looked for additional work. An English friend pointed his attention to Sony, a brand that was not well known in Holland at that time. Sony was looking for a distributor for its products.
In 1957, son Anton Brandsteder, became managing director.
Brandsteder stopped producing cabinets and on the 6th of September 1965 it changed its name to Brandsteder Electronics BV. The company moved from 3e Schinkelstraat 33-33A to  Parnassusweg 210 -214, also in Amsterdam (later the company moved to Badhoevedorp). In 1991 it became Sony Netherlands (Since 1997 Sony Benelux).
 

 Advertisement in Radio Expres, June 4th, 1926
Advertisement in KRO radio guide, April 14th, 1928

This page was last edited on 05.02.2022