Hopefully I can change "unknown" to whatever this is, if I can identify it. Right now it's a placeholder.
This was offered on an auction site and I bid on it and lost. Then it came back up for auction because the person who outbid me must have changed his mind. Usually if I get a second chance at something I'll take it (that's how I got my Philco Baby Grand).
Here's a photo of it from the website because I don't have it yet. In order to pick it up (it's too big to ship), you have to make an appointment, and in this case the earliest I could get was a month out. I'll replace this photo with my own as soon as I actually take possession of it.
I've been trying to ID it but so far no luck. My guess is 1927 or 28. After that the big middle-portion where the batteries were stashed disappeared, and by around 1930 they had become low-boy monoliths (low-boys have stubby little legs, high-boys have tall legs. This one is kind of in-between).
Anyway, I haven't found it in any of my literature. I'm hoping there will be a label hidden in there somewhere that will tell me the cabinet maker, and then maybe I can back into it. That happened with a china closet that's in my family—we wanted to move it and pulled a drawer out, and pasted on a panel that's normally hidden there was the cabinet maker's label, nicely preserved because it was tucked away and protected.