In 1958, Zenith introduced two clock radios: the Royal 950 Golden Triangle and this Royal 850. This attractive set has a Royal 200 chassis for the radio turned sideways and a four jewel imported clock that runs on a single D battery. This cordless table/clock radio made it possible to wake to music anywhere. It weighs 2 pounds and 6 ounces and measures 10 ¾” wide, 5” tall, and 3” deep.
This is a solid and quality built set. It sounded like a great idea to combine a clock with a portable transistor radio, but these did not sell well, and therefore are somewhat scarce today, which makes them a sought after collectable. Every example I have seen has had chips and/or cracks to the cabinet, I suppose from falling off a night stand, but not this one!
The unit is really quite clean inside and out. The radio works well on 4 AA batteries but the clock just sits there without any motion. Not mint, perhaps not even excellent, but it is the nicest example I have found.