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Old 23rd Apr 2021, 4:45 pm   #1
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Default French Thomson Houston Candlestick wiring help

Hi I have the telephone pictured and need to know how to connect it up and if it needs a condenser added please
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Old 24th Apr 2021, 11:13 am   #2
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Default Re: French Thomson houston Candlestick wiring help

What a lovely instrument.
The transmitter must be back-to-back with the receiver, like a Trimphone.

Have you seen this
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/f...?topic=16338.0
It's interesting you said "condenser", as the diagram symbol in "Reply #4" looks like a Leyden jar!
It looks like it's just two wires to be connected to the line, there is no induction coil/ ASTIC so expect a high level of side-tone, assuming the transmitter works at all.
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Old 24th Apr 2021, 12:01 pm   #3
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Default Re: French Thomson houston Candlestick wiring help

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The transmitter must be back-to-back with the receiver, like a Trimphone.
By which I assume you mean that the transmitter is physically located at the rear of the receiver housing with an acoustic tube to the mouthpiece. In this case the tube is the handset itself.

By the way, I have sometimes heard these referred to by the nickname "hangman" telephone - for obvious reasons.
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Old 24th Apr 2021, 3:20 pm   #4
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The transmitter is indeed behind the ear piece it's a nice wee thing it was 55 direct from France seemed cheap enough in physically good shape with the exception of the handset cord
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