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Old 13th Sep 2017, 10:50 pm   #1
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I've just bought this wooden telephone, mainly because of it's candlestick receiver. I think it is British probably from the 1920s but I am struggling to identify it further than this.

It is contained in a GPO No1 bell style wooden case and has a button on the side. The mouthpiece reference number starts with a C (GEC?) but there are no numbers on the back.

I did wonder if it was a railway telephone, but does anyone know what it is?

Thanks
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Old 13th Sep 2017, 11:41 pm   #2
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Default Re: Wooden Telephone Identity?

It's a house intercom phone, it would have been connected to another one, and a battery supply. See post 8 in this thread: https://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/...ad.php?t=84663
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Old 14th Sep 2017, 6:49 am   #3
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... and the button on the side is to call the unit at the other end of the line.
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Old 14th Sep 2017, 7:37 am   #4
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So...... now you need to find another one!
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Old 14th Sep 2017, 11:48 am   #5
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...And a butler to answer it.

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Old 14th Sep 2017, 3:15 pm   #6
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Shabby if not chic! but it appears to be complete. Should be restorable.
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Certainly, it looks electrically complete. It's just missing the the funnel-shaped cup that should screw into the transmitter (microphone).
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Old 14th Sep 2017, 7:28 pm   #8
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Thanks for your replies, yes it s a pity I don't have another one although not quite sure what I would do with it if I did! I will keep a look out for the daffodil part of the mouthpiece at the next NVCF, although guess this part maybe quite hard to come by.

I think I have now identified the exact model:

http://www.britishtelephones.com/gec/k7842.htm
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Old 14th Sep 2017, 9:58 pm   #9
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Thanks for your replies, yes it s a pity I don't have another one although not quite sure what I would do with it if I did! I will keep a look out for the daffodil part of the mouthpiece at the next NVCF, although guess this part maybe quite hard to come by.

I think I have now identified the exact model:

http://www.britishtelephones.com/gec/k7842.htm
I once bought a similar one to your but without the bell. Eventually another identical one appeared - so don't give up!

I never cease to be surprised.

I have a GPO wall mounted CBS No 3 signalling switchboard - the only one to survive out of the 475 which the GPO had as rural exchanges in village post offices. It had been lying around since 1955 when I acquired it in 2002.

Sadly it was missing some vital parts like the ringing generator - eventually a GPO Generator Hand No 8 - the correct one came up on eBay.

Another thing missing from the front was a switchable 50mA/500mA GPO 'Ammeter No 13'.

When I checked the only place it was used was on these 20 line CBS N 3 switchboard!

I thought 'No chance' but a brand new one still in its box came up on eBay - I was the only bidder. Then a year or so later another used one came which also came my way.

You might find that will happen with your phone. Bear in mind it should work to a similar 'battery calling' telephone.

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Telephone Lines sell plastic "daffodils" and reproduction metal ones are widely available on e-Bay, though they are offered by American Sellers so the postage is high.
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