I wouldn't have guessed that I might call a radiator one of the most beautiful things I'd ever seen, but I've got to say that this salesman sample is that indeed--when I first saw it, I though it was glass tubes filled with gold dust, or maybe golden wheat (the color also reminds me of the salt marsh at its most beautiful in the fall.) I have found no other like it out there anywhere, but would guess it dates to the 1940s or so--I have found one advertisement for an Acme radiator shield which very closely resembles this one. The radiator itself--weighing about 7 pounds--appears to have been cast of a mixed metal (I don't believe iron, as it doesn't attract a magnet) then dipped in what I believe is porcelain, glazed this fantastic gold, which looks a bit like a Rockingham glaze except a lighter honey. As far as salesman samples go, I think it's quite a fantastic one, super sculptural and graphic and rather iconic feeling, and of course symbolic of heating things up! Perfect.
8 5/8" w x 7 5/8" t x 3 5/8" d. Weighs 7 lbs. 6 oz. Excellent, truly gorgeous condition. On the inside of the top shield is handwritten "shield model." A few very minor surface scratches to the top of the shield and one missing screw on the bottom section of the metal shield on one side.