|Sparton 409 (409GL) "Seven-Sided" Blue & Peach Mirror Radios
The 409GL, introduced in late 1938, was
the last in the line of Sparks-Withington's
Sparton mirror radios. Like the models
that preceded it, it was available in either
blue or "old rose" (peach) tinted glass, as
seen on this page. These spectacular
relics from a bygone era are rare and
highly collectible pieces today, with the
old-rose variant being especially scarce.
The 409GL is similar in concept to the
Bluebird 566 in that it consists of an incl-
ined mirror, with the chassis artfully con-
cealed in a rear cab. The mirror is seven
sided with beveled edges and features a
circular cut-out in front of the loudspeaker
and dial markings formed into the rear of
the glass. The wooden runners upon
which the ensemble sits are finished in
The 409GL was billed as a second radio
for the home, priced at below $20. Some
ads promoted it as a "radio for the kitch-
en, bedroom or bath". Can you imagine it
being sold for use in the bathroom? One
side of the AC line is connected to the
chassis with the knobs providing the only
barrier between the listener, the chassis
and potentially a lethal surprise!
The 409 appears to have been offered for
sale through at least the end of 1940, by
which time it was could be purchased for
For further reading on the 409GL, see
Doug Heimstead's excellent article on
Sparton's Mirrored Radios.
A strikingly beautiful and different radio for the kitchen, bedroom or bath.
...beveled midnight blue mirror glass.... ..rythmic modern design enriched with touches of silver glints
and ebony black.
Note: The grille cloth is a replacement. The original appears to have been the same as that used on the blue mirrored model
Clipping from a Newspaper ad dated Nov 1940
Clipping from a Newspaper ad dated Oct 1940
The rear cab houses a 5-tube (including
ballast) regenerative superhet receiver. It
also uses a resistive line cord. Tube line-
up is 6A8GT (mixer/LO), 6J7GT (2nd
det), 25L6GT (power output), 25Z6GT
(rectifier) & BK3AJ (ballast). Schematic is
available here, courtesy of NostalgiaAir.
12" (W) * 5" (D) * 71/2" (H)