Bidders Tune in at Charterhouse Auction

A vast collection of vintage radios, televisions, record players and other electronic items, all from a private museum near Dorchester, are included in the Charterhouse two day March 11th & 12th online collector’s auction.

“It never ceases to amaze me what people collect. “ Commented Richard Bromell. “There are hundreds and hundreds of items which filled three vans when we were asked by the executor to empty the museum following the owner passing away last year.”

The museum in Puddletown was rarely open to the public. It housed all the vintage radios, televisions and other audio equipment displayed on purpose built shelves. It took the owner decades to amass and he appears to have continued collecting up to shortly before he died with one of the more modern items being a hand crank wind up portable radio.

In the collection, all of which is being sold without reserve, are Bakelite radios from the 1930’s, aviation radios from WWII war planes through to a Prinz Sound 8 track stereo radio from the late 1960’s space race in the form of an astronaut’s helmet.

There is a similar Philips Sputnik television, other TV’s, 1980’s ghetto blasters and audio equipment from Bang & Olufsen, HMV, Pye, GEC, Sony, Fidelity, Roberts, ITT and other popular household names.

Other electronic equipment includes a Radio Shack TRS-80 microcomputer with 16k of RAM (the new iPhone 12 has 12GB of RAM today) from about 1980, pinball machines, pub fruit machines and even a juke box.

Overall, the collection which is expected to sell for several thousands of pounds, will be snapped up by like-minded fellow collectors and enthusiasts when it goes under the Charterhouse hammer on Thursday 11th March.

Charterhouse are now accepting entries for their busy programme of auctions including other audio equipment, coins, medals, stamps, clocks and collector’s items in this two day March sale, pictures, books and sporting items in April, classic & vintage cars in April and classic & vintage motorcycles in May.

Items for these auctions can be posted directly to Charterhouse at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or click and deliver by contacting them on 01935 812277. Alternatively email photographs of your lots for valuation on


Prinz Sound 8 track stereo radio £60-100

Philips Sputnik black and white television £60-100

Views of the museum in Puddletown, Dorset