Chromium-plating had been very popular as a material to decorate wireless cabinets in the early 1930's. This was because the Art Deco movement still held sway in domestic design, and radio manufacturers wanted their receivers to appear housed in cabinets of the latest style. However Art Deco had nothing to do with the design in 1955 as chrome made a brief comeback when used heavily in two receivers from Pye. One was a mains/battery "attaché-case" portable, the P131MBQ, the other was a battery only "jewel-case" portable, the P114BQ.
The mains/battery P131MBQ version was released first, and appeared in attaché form, with a frame aerial concealed within the lift up lid. The cabinet was available in two forms - either blue with cream contrast, or mauve with polka-dot pink contrast. The P131MBQ featured a tuning scale with cord driven pointer on a windowed scale, and operated on MW and LW. Costing £13.5.4. +pt it featured a valve line-up of DK96, DF96, DAF96, DL96 together with a metal rectifier.
The battery only P114BQ was released a few months after the P131MBQ, and was slightly smaller as the receiver did not need to house mains supply components, coupled with the fact that the receiver was less well specified anyway. It is described as being housed in a "jewel" case, as "jewel" case receivers are considered to be smaller than "attaché" case receivers (in an obvious reference to the "genuine article"). Instead of the metal chassis fitted in the P131MBQ, the P114BQ utilises a printed circuit board (PCB) as a component base. Operating on MW and LW, a simpler oversize dial and knob formed the tuning control for the P114BQ. The receiver was again available in two colour versions, with a frame aerial concealed within the lift-up lid. Costing £9.9.6 +pt it featured a valve line-up of DK96, DF96, DAF96, DL96.
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