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

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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.


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


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 


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  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.


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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