I thought I had some photos of this before I started but I can't find them, so unfortunately I only have the after photos. The cabinet was flaking and dry and I had no idea this stunning veneer was hiding underneath - once I got a coat of shellac on it I realised the veneer was quite stunning... and the dial looks very cool in the dark - an unusual black and orange colour. Performance seems pretty good for a 5-valve. Most interesting is the 6N6G output valve... I'd never even heard of it before and had to look it up. Its not really restored, more 'rejuvenated'. I've replaced all the caps and a couple of resistors and the magic eye harness which had rotted and the insulation was crumbling.
Oxford was a brand introduced by The NZ Express Co. in around 1936. In the late 20's / early 30's they distributed Zenith, and they also had Airline and Delco but according to JWS they dropped radio in 1934 (Golden Age p.129). I can only imagine they wanted back into the market with a lower price-point. They were apparently manufactured by Webbs Radios (who also manufactured Ariel - and on p.136 of MGAR there is an Ariel set with very similar dial shape and control layout).
Anyway, on with the photos
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