The type 1852 / 6AC7 American metal pentode was designed for high gain amplification and when specified by the American government was designated the VT-112 - also printed on the envelope.
Since it has a sharp cut-off it is unsuitable for domestic radios with AGC.
Its intended application is as an IF or video amplifier for wide-band receivers, eg. radars. Bearing in mind that the RCA design of metal valves was pinchless and had very short lead-outs well shielded from each other by the metal envelope, Type 6AC7 can be thought of as the American answer to the EF50. It consumed 50% more heater power but provided 50% more gm as a result. It was used in enormous numbers in American WWII equipments. Presumably the accessible suppressor grid might be used to 'gate' the signal output if required.