Hallicrafters Model 514 (T-54) Television (1948)
The Hallicrafters 514 is the same television as my
Model 505 and T-54,
in a leatherette-clad wooden cabinet with a cover and carrying handle.
With its cover closed, the 514 is nondescript, resembling a small
suitcase. It's more accurate to call it a "luggable" than a portable.
The TV is too heavy to casually carry around the house and many
of these old handles have broken by now, anyway.
Inside the cover are straps where a "rabbit ear" antenna should be
stowed. My antenna has been lost; the previous owner stuck a
few spare tubes in the straps.
Here's the 514 next to my T-54 and 505 for comparison. Its pushbuttons are not
really colored white. That's a type of oxidization common to certain old plastics.
I'll clean off when I restore the TV.
These TVs are electronically identical, so I'll refer
you to my 505 article for technical details and
Since I already owned two of these TVs and had only restored
one, I wasn't too interested in this model. However, I was contacted by a fellow
who offered to give me this one free. The alternative would be to throw it away,
so I paid a small shipping charge to save it from the landfill.
Perhaps someday I'll fix it up. If its 7JP4 picture tube
is still good, that alone is worth more than what I paid to ship it.