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Video - The HMV type 905: pre-war television packs a killer punch

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November 2, 2009

Bonham's Laurence Fisher talks us through the HMV type 905 table model television

Bonham's Laurence Fisher talks us through the HMV type 905 table model television

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In the latest installment of our video series looking at Michael Bennett-Levy’s collection of early technology, Laurence Fisher from Bonham's introduces us to a 1938 HMV type 905 table model television and wireless that was a wonder of engineering for its time. The exterior of the HMV model 905 television is a three-quarter figured burr walnut veneered case with molded edge housing a 7-inch screen. Click through for a closer look at this fascinating slice of history which has been restored with authentic pre-war era components and is in complete working order... and there's also a word of warning to those interested in dabbling in pre-war televisons - TV repair can be a lethal occupation.

The HMV type 905 television and wireless sold at Bonham’s Auction House in Knightsbridge last month for GBP4,560 (approx. US$7,645 at time of publication), which we think is a pretty wise investment given the rarity of such items in working condition.

Check out part one and part two of our series to see what else Michael Bennett-Levy parted with in his Early Technology Sale.

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