A circa 1930 British Candlestick Telephone, type 150, complete with its original Bell-Set – all in superb condition. This is a truly original British telephone in a pristine and presentable order.
The telephone is fully operational and ready to simply "plug in and go". Be aware, you may not be able to leave it alone! Truly a great conversation piece in every sense!
This item has been carefully restored with special attention given to detail.
All original parts include the plaited cords. The black copper dial is an ATM 24C, very smooth running with enamelled numeric display. The condition is excellent ensuring many more years of trouble free service.
The main pedestal stands 12.5”tall and has been professionally renovated and re-stoved to its original deep black enamel finish, not a home paint job!
The bell set 1A, originally the remote bell, has been re-fitted having an original and unusually miniature induction coil. This enables the telephone to fully function with all the correct components. The cabinet measures: 8.5 x 7 x 3.5”and is a beautifully made mahogany case, now restored. The exterior is French polished to its original lustre.
The bell gongs are black oxide finished having a distinct prismatic effect. They ring loud and clear with that melodious nostalgic sound of times long past.
The dial card is ready to add your number.
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 3 metres away from the wall socket.
I have placed a reasonable reserve price, well below the actual value which can be up to £600.
All parts are in lovely condition without scratches, chips or fading. There is no exposed or “rubbed down” brass work, not seen as a BPO/GPO telephone. These elements have been professionally restored by chemical oxidisation to the original specification. The bell receiver is complete with its original Ebonite coating which shows minimal signs of wear. The colour has faded a little from the original very dark brown.
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 item is packed with the telephone and can be replaced to produce the 1920's sound if so required. Clear instructions are given.
2. A rectifier element had 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 when other 'phones are being used on the same
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.
The telephone & bell simply plugs into any of your 'phone sockets.
The wiring is in accordance with the original type where the pedestal was connected directly to the bell set via its plaited cord. The modern PSTN brown cloth covered line cord (approx 3 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. Both dial number labels shown in the images are supplied with the telephone.
The early pedestal telephone, introduced from America in 1924, became the first standard Post Office desk telephone. As most subscribers were then on manual exchanges, the dial was omitted and a blank number disc fitted instead. Some of these were later recycled and ended up as candlestick type 150's. These were more widely used having a Bakelite mouthpiece and a new improved transmitter. Also known as the “pillar telephone” the later models were still found in service up until the 1950’s.
More information can be provided upon request.
Some of you may be concerned about how long into the future an antique telephone would function. At present, all BT and most cable network exchanges still support rotary dialling. However, there are plans to upgrade the technology of the telephone network taking a number of years to complete, depending where you are. This will not affect incoming calls; however outgoing calls using the rotary dial will be affected. An “in-line” converter may be purchased to overcome this. I shall be making these converters available at an affordable price on eBay in the future.
If you have any doubts about your local exchanges ability to support “pulse dialling” please contact your provider who will be happy to advise.