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    Traditional British Art Deco GPO Desk Telephone Refinished in Orange

    Traditional British Art Deco GPO Desk Telephone Refinished in Orange

    Model: orangeBartdeco

    £265.00

    Beautifully restored in a hard wearing orange coating, in full working order and covered by a 2 year guarantee. A delightful addition to your coordinated colour scheme or interior design.  Just plug in and use!

     

    Complete with matching hand made Egyption cloth cords, identical to the original but a lot more durable and reliable.  The telephone has a 2.5 metres long line cord to reach the wall socket.

     

    The GPO 300 series telephones were widely used in the UK and in Commonwealth countries from the mid 1930’s until the mid 1960’s.  The vast majority were issued in black but ivory, red and green were available at higher rental charges and are nowadays much sought after by collectors.

     

    Why not treat yourself to an iconic piece of telephone history, originally black bakelite, now beautifully restored and re-coated in a hard wearing finish. Perfect for today’s interiors.

     

    The telephones have been upgraded for improved performance and are compliant with modern practice.  They are loop disconnect (pulse dialing) supported by most telecom providers, however it would be wise to check that you have this facility before purchasing.

     

    For those who only have access to tone dialling (DTMF), a future proof upgrade can be added. This enables Last number redial, 7 number memory, Star & Hash. Still using the traditional rotary dial.  The cost of the upgrade is an additional £42.

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    £265.00
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    GENUINE ORIGINAL AMERICAN BELL 50AL CANDLESTICK TELEPHONE

    GENUINE ORIGINAL AMERICAN BELL 50AL CANDLESTICK TELEPHONE

    Model: 2016candle

    £275.00

    A late 1920’s to early 1930’s original Candlestick Desk Telephone from the USA

    This telephone has been carefully restored in Denver, Colorado several years ago and is now ready to find a new home.

     It is in full working order, ready to simply plug in and use. The dial is especially charming as it produces a “clickety clack” sound whilst dialling, sought after by collectors in the USA.

     The telephone was originally used with a heavy, cumbersome and somewhat ugly steel bell box.  This has now been omitted thanks to the use of modern technology. In order to dispense with the ugly bell box, the restorer fitted an internal network with an electronic sounder. This provides good clear speech and a pleasant sounding “warble” on incoming calls.

     A new felt base has been fitted to protect the furniture it sits on. It has a 7 foot line cord complete with UK adaptor, ready to plug in and use.

     This delightful telephone is ready to make and receive calls. It is covered by a full 2 year warranty.  Please note that it is “pulse dialling”, fully supported by BT and other networks, however not all, so please check that your line provider will support legacy telephones (pulse/loop disconnect) before purchase.

     

    Markings

    Tulip Head:     The American Bell Telephone Company
    Perch:   American Tel & Tel Co397 3A 12332315
    Model Type:  50AL

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    A late 1920’s to early 1930’s original Candlestick Desk Telephone from the USAThis teleph..
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    A genuine original 1929 British Candlestick Telephone, Fully restored and in good working order.

    A genuine original 1929 British Candlestick Telephone, Fully restored and in good working order.

    Model: 1

    £0.00

    An original late 1920’s British Candlestick Telephone, complete with Bell-Set.  This is a typical ‘Roaring 20’s’ telephone, full of character and in a pristine and presentable order offered at a reasonable price. 

    The telephone is fully operational and ready to simply "plug in and go".  Once connected, you may not be able to leave it alone! - a great conversation piece in every sense!

    This item has been carefully restored with special attention given to detail.  

    All original except for the new plaited cords which are hand made in the UK to exacting specifications . The overall condition is very good ensuring many more years of trouble free service.

    The bell set  1A, originally the remote bell, has been re-fitted with an  original  induction coil. This enables the telephone to fully function with all the correct components.   The bells are housed in a beautifully made walnut case, now restored. The exterior is French polished to a fine finish.

    A replacement dial card can be fitted showing your own exchange & number at no extra cost.

    The new line connector cord has a special brown Egyptian cloth covering in keeping with the period.  This allows the bell set to be mounted up to 2.5 metres away from the wall socket.


    Overall condition

    All the original parts are in great condition but with some evidence of use and patina acquired over the course of time. There is no “rubbed down” brass work, not seen originally on these telephones. The bell receiver is complete with its original Ebonite coating in a lovely condition though there is a small amount of wear.


    Markings

    Transmitter:   No 22  PX/1                      (Pheonix)
    Perch:              I 29 /236  No 4                      1929
    Bellset:            GPO PL 24  234 No 1A     (Plessey 1924)
    Dial:                ATM 24C


    Technical

    In order to improve upon the original performance and to comply with modern standards, the following modifications have been carried out:

    1.  Improvement in outgoing speech: the carbon granule transmitter has been replaced with an electronic type providing good quality outgoing speech.  The original transmitter is supplied with the telephone and can be replaced to produce the vintage sound if so required.  Clear instructions are given.

    2.  A rectifier element has been added to the receiver in order to remove the loud acoustic "pops" which plagued these early telephones.

    3.  A resistor has been added to the ringing circuit in order maintain the correct REN value (REN 1) when other 'phones are being used on the same 

    line.

    4.  The telephone has been thoroughly tested with up to date calibrated test equipment.  This ensures that the dial speed and timing are set correctly and the instrument complies with current BT and Cable Network requirements.


    Installation

    The telephone  simply plugs into any of your 'phone sockets.

    The modern PSTN brown cloth covered line cord (approx 2.5 metres) is taken from the bell set to the wall socket. Various combinations are possible therefore the winning bidder may request another arrangement to suit their location. In most cases this carries no extra charge.  Accompanying the telephone will be information on how to look after and get the most from it.


    History

    The pedestal telephone, introduced in 1924, together with the wall mounted version were the first standard Post Office telephones.  As most subscribers were then on manual exchanges, the dial was omitted and a blank number disc fitted instead.  This model is the later type 150  having a Bakelite mouthpiece. Also known as the “pillar telephone” these later models were still found in service up until the 1950’s.

    More information can be provided upon request.

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    A 1925 BRITISH CANDLESTICK TELEPHONE & BELL SET No 1

    A 1925 BRITISH CANDLESTICK TELEPHONE & BELL SET No 1

    Model: 1

    £0.00

    If you are looking for a genuine original Candlestick Telephone, fully restored and in good working order, look no further.

    This is a beautiful example of a GENUINE 1925 Candlestick Telephone, all original, complete with its bell box in the condition it would have been found when in use during the 1920’s.

    The telephone is now fully operational and ready to simply ‘plug in and go’ on BT and cable networks.

    This item has been carefully restored with special attention given to detail.  

    It has an early No 1 mouthpiece with its original detachable ebonite cone.  

    The early No 10 dial has the original solid black nickel finger wheel with enamel number plate, all in excellent condition ensuring many more years of trouble free service.

    The main pedestal has been professionally restored and re-coated to its proper stoved black finish. The perch, hook and transmitter head are of blue/black oxidised brass.

    The No 1 bell set is essential, it enables  correct operation of the telephone.  The beautifully made oak cabinet has been carefully restored then french polished to a beautiful finish. The twin bells ring loud and clear with sounds from times long past.

    The new line connector cord has a special brown cloth covering in keeping with the period.  This allows the bell set to be mounted up to 10 feet away from the wall socket.  The twin receiver cord is the original and the 4 foot plaited cloth cord between the pedestal and bell set is new, a fine quality authentic replacement finished in Egyption cotton. 


    Overall condition

    All parts are very well presented with no signs of damage. There has been no "rubbing down" of the brass work. None of these telephones had exposed brass when in use. The bell receiver is complete with its original ebonite coating which shows minimal signs of wear.


    Markings

    Transmitter:   W-25 / 4001   No 1    (Western Electric 1925)
    Perch:              H – 25   235     No 2    (ATM, Helsby, 1925)
    Bellset:             PX30/235 crossed 1. Crown GPO appd 2594. 41FBR 53/1
    (No 1 in 1930, refurbished in 1953 as a No 41, now restored as a No 1)


    Technical


    In order to improve on the original performance and to comply with modern standards, the following modifications have been carried out:

    1.  Improvement to outgoing speech: the original carbon granule transmitter has been replaced with an electronic type providing excellent quality speech.

    No more hiss and crackle! The original carbon transmitter can be packed with the telephone if requested.

    2.  A rectifier element had been added to the receiver in order to prevent the loud acoustic "pops" which plagued these early telephones.

    3.  A resistor has been added to the ringing circuit so that the telephone has a value of REN 1

    The telephone has been thoroughly tested with up to date calibrated test equipment.  This ensures that the dial speed and timing are set correctly and the instrument complies with current BT and Cable Network requirements.

    Please check that your telephone line will accept pulse dialling before purchase (the majority still accept both pulse and tone).


    Installation of the Telephone

    The telephone and bell (REN 1) simply plugs into your 'phone socket. No extra wiring is required.

    The plaited cord connects the  pedestal to the bell set allowing up to 4 feet of separation.  A modern PSTN line cord (approx 10 feet,cloth covered) is taken from the bell set to the wall socket. Various combinations are possible therefore the purchaser may request another arrangement tailored to suit their location. In most cases this carries no extra charge.  Accompanying the telephone will be information on how to look after and get the most from it.


    Background/ history

    The pedestal model together with the 121 wall mounted model introduced in the early 1900’s were the first standard British Post Office telephones. As most people were then on manual exchanges, the dial was omitted or a blank number plate would be fitted instead. This model is the earlier version introduced from America having  a detachable "daffodil" trumpet shaped mouthpiece.  The dial would have been retro fitted at a later date when automatic telephony was available.  If you would like more information please ask.

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    If you are looking for a genuine original Candlestick Telephone, fully restored and in goo..
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    Red & black retro American rotary dial wall  telephone  Tone dialling * voIP ready * Star* Hash * last number re-dial  7 number  memory

    Red & black retro American rotary dial wall telephone Tone dialling * voIP ready * Star* Hash * last number re-dial 7 number memory

    Model: 1

    £0.00

    It’s funky, fully restored, updated  and performing, this neat and robust American wall phone is supplied with a new plug-in ringer, complete with flashing red light.  Ideal for the garage, workshop or where space is limited.  

    If you are looking for a good quality vintage telephone that performs well and is fully guaranteed, this rare and unusual model will be a great conversation piece. Although not seen in the UK, this wall phone occasionally appears in American black & white movies from the pre war period of the 1930’s.

    The Space Saver has been thoroughly serviced having its internal wiring replaced, a new curly cord and a 9 ft (2.8m)  line cord fitted with a BT plug, ready to use. It is compliant with modern telephony practice, dials smoothly and has clear speech in both directions.  Your own number disk can be supplied. Can be freely used with your computer for voIP, PABX’s and on any telephone line.

    The phone comes with its original wall or panel mounting bracket and is very easy to install. 

    The phone can also be adjusted to suit its location. The handset & cradle can be positioned to the left, right or centre of the unit.  The dial mount can be turned through 180 degrees and tilted up or down. This can be very useful in a confined space.  I will set the position to suit you, or if you prefer to do it, full instructions are supplied.

    The Space Saver has been completely refurbished with all parts thoroughly sanitised. Components have been added to the circuitry in order to comply with current standards. All my telephones are thoroughly tested with an analyser and on a standard telephone line before sale. 

    Please note:  the phone has no internal bell, an external ringer with useful flashing red light simply plugs in with the phone. The images of the ringer with the phone connected are shown.


    Space Saver Info:

    Bell Systems USA, Western Electric ‘Space Saver’, model 43 A 

    Manufactured:  1939

    Signalling:  DTMF  (dual tone multi frequency) with memory

    REN: 1 with ringer

    Height of unit:   30 cm

    Width of unit:      8 cm

    Handset:   Western Electric, F1  (Bakelite)

    Body: Western Electric model 43A  (steel)


    Warranty

    This telephone was constructed when the ‘built to last’ philosophy prevailed. Still in excellent condition after 60 years or so, you can expect many more years of good service.  Any brand new parts fitted are of the very best quality.

    Please buy with confidence, I offer a one year guarantee with lifetime support in the unlikely event of a fault developing later.   Please see my feedback to view my reputation.


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    It’s funky, fully restored, updated  and performing, this neat and robust American wa..
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    Crabtree tumbler/dolly  Light Switches from the  1930’s

    Crabtree tumbler/dolly Light Switches from the 1930’s

    Model: 1

    £0.00

    Set of 4 dark brown Crabtree period tumbler / dolly switches in very good condition. Recently recovered, cleaned and tested.  Rated at 5 amps, 250 volts, one way operation.   Constructed of ceramic/porcelain base, Bakelite knob with screw on Bakelite cap.  Contact assembly of brass and copper, in good working order.

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    Set of 4 dark brown Crabtree period tumbler / dolly switches in very good condition. Recen..
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    Genuine 1930’s American Rotary Dial Wall Telephone

    Genuine 1930’s American Rotary Dial Wall Telephone

    Model: 1

    £0.00

    Restored and fully working, this neat and robust American wall phone is supplied with a new plug-in ringer, complete with flashing red light.  Ideal for the garage, workshop or where space is limited.  

    If you are looking for a good quality period telephone that performs well and is fully guaranteed, this rare and unusual model will be a great conversation piece. Although not seen in the UK, this wall phone occasionally appears in American black & white movies from the pre war period of the 1930’s.

    The Space Saver has been thoroughly serviced having its internal wiring replaced, a new curly cord and a 9 ft (2.8m)  line cord fitted with a BT plug, ready to use. It is compliant with modern telephony practice, dials smoothly and has clear speech in both directions.  Your own number disk can be supplied.

    The telephone comes with its original wall or panel mounting bracket and is very easy to install. 

    The telephone can also be adjusted to suit its location. The handset & cradle can be positioned to the left, right or centre of the unit.  The dial mount can be turned through 180 degrees and tilted up or down. This can be very useful in a confined space.  I will set the position to suit you, or if you prefer to do it, full instructions are supplied.

    The Space Saver has been completely refurbished with all parts thoroughly sanitised. The rotary dial has been adjusted to send the correct impulses using modern calibrated test equipment.  Components have been added to the circuitry in order to comply with current standards. All my telephones are thoroughly tested with an analyser and on a standard telephone line before sale.  It’s worth checking that your land line accepts pulse dialling before purchase.  In most cases they do. 

    Please note:  the telephone has no internal bell, an external ringer with useful flashing red light simply plugs in with the telephone. The images of the ringer with the telephone connected are shown.


    Space Saver Info

    Bell Systems USA, Western Electric ‘Space Saver’, model 43 A 

    Manufactured:  1939

    System type:  Loop disconnect, impulse dial

    REN: 1 with ringer

    Height of unit:   30 cm

    Width of unit:      8 cm

    Handset:   Western Electric, F1  (Bakelite)

    Body: Western Electric model 43A  (steel)


    Warranty

    This telephone was constructed when the ‘built to last’ philosophy prevailed. Still in excellent condition after 60 years or so, you can expect many more years of good service.  Any brand new parts fitted are of the very best quality.

    Please buy with confidence, I offer a one year guarantee with lifetime support in the unlikely event of a fault developing later.   Please see my feedback to view my reputation.

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    Restored and fully working, this neat and robust American wall phone is supplied with a ne..
    £0.00
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    A 1920’s BRITISH CANDLESTICK TELEPHONE with BELL SET No 1

    A 1920’s BRITISH CANDLESTICK TELEPHONE with BELL SET No 1

    Model: 1

    £0.00

    If you are looking for a genuine original Candlestick Telephone, fully restored and in good working order, look no further.

    This is a beautiful example of a genuine 1920’s Candlestick Telephone, refurbished in 1930, all original, complete with its Bell Set in the condition it would have been found when in use.  The actual telephone looks better in the flesh than in the images shown which don’t do it justice!

    The telephone is now fully operational and ready to simply ‘plug in and go’ on BT and cable networks.

    This item has been carefully restored with special attention given to detail.  

    It has an early No 1 mouthpiece with its original detachable ebonite cone.  

    The early No 10 dial has the original solid black nickel finger wheel with enamel number plate, all in excellent condition ensuring many more years of trouble free service.

    The main pedestal has been professionally restored and re-coated to its proper stoved black finish. The perch, hook and transmitter head are blue/black oxidised brass.

    The No 1 bell set ensures  correct operation.  The beautifully made oak cabinet has been carefully restored then french polished to a beautiful finish. The twin bells ring loud and clear with that nostalgic sound of times long past.

    The new line connector cord has a special brown cloth covering in keeping with the period.  This allows the bell set to be mounted up to 10 feet away from the wall socket.  The twin receiver cord is the original and the 4 foot plaited cloth cord between the pedestal and bellset is a new high quality replacement in Egyption cotton. 


    Overall condition

    All parts are in excellent condition with no signs of damage. There has been no "rubbing down" of the brass work. None of these telephones had exposed brass when in use. The bell receiver is complete with its original ebonite coating which shows minimal signs of wear.


    Markings

    Perch:              PL30 / 234  (Plessey Co, Ilford 1930)
    Bellset:             C21 /234  No 1  (Peel Conner/General Electric, Coventry, 1921)


    Technical

    In order to improve on the original performance and to comply with modern standards, the following modifications have been carried out:

    1.  Improvement to outgoing speech: the original carbon granule transmitter has been replaced with an electronic type providing excellent quality speech.

    No more hiss and crackle! The original carbon transmitter can be packed with the telephone if requested.

    2.  A rectifier element had been added to the receiver in order to prevent the loud acoustic "pops" which plagued these early telephones.

    3.  A resistor has been added to the ringing circuit so that the telephone has a value of REN 1


    The telephone has been thoroughly tested with up to date calibrated test equipment.  This ensures that the dial speed and timing are set correctly and the instrument complies with current BT and Cable Network requirements.

    Please check that your telephone line will accept pulse dialling before purchase (the majority still accept both pulse and tone).


    Installation of the Telephone

    The telephone and bell (REN 1) simply plugs into your 'phone socket. No extra wiring is required.

    The plaited cord connects the  pedestal to the bell set allowing up to 1.5 meters of separation.  A modern PSTN line cord (approx 2.5 metres,cloth covered) is taken from the bell set to the wall socket. Various combinations are possible therefore the purchaser may request another arrangement tailored to suit their location. In most cases this carries no extra charge.  Accompanying the telephone will be information on how to look after and get the most from it.


    Background/ history

    The pedestal model together with the 121 wall mounted model introduced in the early 1900’s were the first standard British Post Office telephones. As most people were then on manual exchanges, the dial was omitted or a blank number plate would be fitted instead. This model is the earlier version introduced from America having  a detachable "daffodil" trumpet shaped mouthpiece.  The dial would have been retro fitted at a later date when automatic telephony was available.  If you would like more information please ask.

    New
    If you are looking for a genuine original Candlestick Telephone, fully restored and in goo..
    £0.00

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