The VT52 was a particularly economical audio power valve (heater power = 1.26W) and was used where very large numbers of valves were required (eg. in telephone exchanges), consuming power throughout the night when nothing much was happening but it was essential for the whole system to be instantly ready for an emergency.
Their power output capability was small by domestic radio standards but entirely adequate for a telephone line driver. The VT52 was used in very large numbers by the Post Office Telephones system but was also used to a smaller extent in Services equipment. We are uncertain whether it is numbered in the RAF or POVT series but we suspect the latter since it is a late 1930s valve.
As a single ended output stage the power is 2.8W, suitable for audio output in a transceiver. When operated in push pull the pair can deliver 7 W at 1.5% distortion. This could be used for a transmitter modulator for a low power phone transmitter.
The anode has four small flanges for extra heat dissipation.
both of the control grid supports have radiating fins at the top.
The three wire grids can be seen above the base mica.
A closer look at the electrodes.
The classic envelope is 34 mm in diameter and, excluding the IO base pins, is 95 mm tall.
References: Datasheet & 1043. Type VT52 was first introduced in 1940.