Marconiphone model 702 mirror-lid television receiver, c 1936.
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Marconiphone television reciever made by Marconi from about 1936, when it sold for 60 guineas. The image on the horizontal 12 inch screen was reflected onto, and viewed via, the mirror on the lid of the case. Because the cathode ray tube is very long (it fills the whole height of the cabinet) it was mounted vertically in the cabinet. Mounting the tube this way meant that if the tube shattered, the glass flew up in the air rather than directly at the viewer. The cabinet is hand made by a skilled cabinet-maker.