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Vintage Telephones and Related Items For Sale

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** Restored phones guaranteed for 6 months **




PAINTING NOTES: Many of the older telephones were made of metal and in
most cases need painting. We have our phones (when stated) professionally
powder-coated in a black satin paint. We use this color choice so as to make
the phones not have that over-restored shinny look. If you desire a shinny and
over-restored telephone then look on eBay as they appear there quite often.
Powder coating paint makes for a very durable finish that is hard to chip,
especially on cradle phones where the receiver touches the perch ears.
Some of the metal phones may have slight flaws that may show if examined
closely due to some of the phones having early zinc metal that sometimes pits
or corrodes over the many years. In a few cases some of our phones were found
already restored by someone else. Some may be sold as 'unrestored' for
those persons that may have the knowledge to wire and re-condition the phone
themselves.

NOTE ON PHOTOS: Most of the phones are in much better condition than the photos
depict,it is very difficult to photograph black telephones against a background without
getting flash reflections and over exposure, etc.

NOTE ON HANDSET CORDS: In many cases some phones were made with
straight cloth-covered handset cords and sometimes with the black stretch
curly cords. Depending on your preference we can change any cord you see
listed here to either type of cord. In some cases there could be a small
conversion charge, please inquire as to the phone you desire and type of
cord wanted.(Black or Brown cords available in most cases)

NOTE ON SUBSET (Ringer) BOXES: Most of the 1920's and 1930's phones
required a separate box called a 'Subset.' These boxes contain the phone
circuitry and the ringing mechanical bell. They are attached to those phones
that require them with a 6 foot cord. The box may be hung on the wall or
simply layed on the floor out of sight.

PHONE LINE REQUIREMENTS: All these older dial type phones require a
normal land based phone line. Services such as Vonage and other digital
cable services will NOT work with these rotary phones (as far as I know).
A rotary to touchtone conversion circuit is now on the market for about $40.00, inquire.

NOTE: July 19th, 2017 Inquire for stock check as some phones sell quickly
Thanks for looking.



click to enlarge OLD TELEPHONES: Shown are some telephones waiting to be restored. We try to offer a nice selection of old phones for people to use as a decorator item or in the case of restored phones a fully functional telephone that will work on your phone line. Some phones can have the curly handset cords replaced with cloth non-curly type cords at additional cost if desired. All restored phones are guaranteed for 6 months and may be returned within 10 days for refund if you are not satisfied (less shipping cost).
Stock #0000 $0.00
click to enlarge AUTOMATIC ELECTRIC 50: A restored Automatic Electric Model 50 bakelite wall phone. Has the "deco" accents with nickeled handset bands and finger wheel. Handset cord is the curly type. Comes with 6 foot modular line cord, if a longer or shorter length required let me know. This phone is easy to mount using two wood screws on wall. For another large view click here photo bottom view. Ready to plug in and use - on land lines only. (note - difficult to photograph this phone due to reflections)
Stock #1002, Price $238.50
click to enlarge WESTERN ELECTRIC B1/101: A Western Electric Model B1/101 round base phone from 1920/30 s. Has very good original paint, some wear to area on the pearch ears. Has a new brown cloth covered handset cord. Has a very good 4-conductor cloth covered cord for wiring to a subset. Sold for those that wish to wire to their own subset box. (or I can wire a subset as an option.)
Stock #1004, Price $165.00
click to enlarge AUTOMATIC ELECTRIC 40: A restored Automatic Electric Model 40 bakelite phone. This is the "deco" version with nickeled handset rings, finger wheel, and lift bar. Has all new black cloth covered handset and modular cords. A beautiful looking phone but hard to photograph with all the shinny surfaces on phone. Ready to plug in and use (land lines only.)
Stock #1005, Price $168.50
click to enlarge AUTOMATIC ELECTRIC TYPE 21: An Automatic Electric candlestick type 21 telephone in unrestored condition, sold as found. Overall the black metal paint finish is acceptable or could be repainted if desired. The rubber felt base gasket has some flaws but acceptable, or buy the new reproduction's that are made ($15?). Dial turns freely, mouthpiece looks to be a reproduction. I may have an original mouthpiece if desired at extra cost. Requires a subset to make this phone functionable or just use it as a display item.
Stock #1006, Price $140.00
click to enlarge WESTERN ELECTRIC PAY PHONE: A Western Electric Model 233 pay phone in working condition (does not need coins to function). Mounted on a factory wood mounting board, has a box mounted on bottom containing a ringer bell so phone can be heard when it is called. Comes with both keys (hard to find) for the top section and the coin vault. Height is about 25 1/2 inches and very heavy. No shipping, must be picked up in Northern Ohio area only. (photo - another view) photo
Stock #1007, Price $295.00
click to enlarge AUTOMATIC ELECTRIC 40: A restored Automatic Electric Model 40 bakelite phone. Has a very good brown covered handset cable, new brown felt on base and a brown 7 foot vinyl modular cord. Ready to plug in and use (land lines only). Also see #1005 for the deco version of this phone.
Stock #1008, Price $56.50
click to enlarge WESTERN ELECTRIC 202: A W.E. 202 oval base telephone from 1930's. It has been professionally powder coated in a black semi-gloss black paint. Has very good original cloth handset cord. Has a type E1 handset. Has very good original brown felt on base, Has a W.E. type 5H dial. Requires a subset to make this phone functional, sold for those that may have a subset lying around. Phone is better than photo depicts due to many white camera flash reflections. Note: As an option I can wire to a subset if desired.
Stock #1009, Price $225.00
click to enlarge A.E. ROUND BASE: A.E. Monophone, round bakelite base, brass banded handset. Restored and mounted on new oak backboard with shelf, large ringer box is original but side crank is for looks only. A really neat looking conversion. Sorry - no shipping..front view
Stock #1010, Price $225.00
click to enlarge WESTERN ELECTRIC 202: A W.E. 202 oval base telephone from 1930's. It has been professionally powder coated in a black semi-gloss black paint. Has a new black curly handset cord. Has a type E1 handset. Has very good original brown felt on base, Has a W.E. type 5H dial. Wired to a W.E. 684 subset with new cloth-covered black cord and new black cloth line cord. Phone is better than photo depicts due to many white camera flash reflections.
Stock #1011, Price $235.00
click to enlarge AUTOMATIC ELECTRIC 34: A stunning A.E. Model 34 from the 1930's. Has the chrome banded handset and finger wheel. Has all new black cloth covered handset and modular cords. Has a new rubber base gasket. This phone has the classic deco look of the phones made back then. Tested for operation and ready to plug into a modular outlet and use. More views .... view #2 ... view #3
Stock #1012, Price $330.00
click to enlarge TOUCH TONE CONVERSION: An old ringer box converted into a touch tone phone. Use all old parts except for the addition of the touch tone pad, The oak case has been completely refinsihed. This phone gives the best of both worlds - looks old and can be used with modern touch tone services..
Stock #1013, Price $165.00
click to enlarge RINGER BELL BOXES: These small boxes contain a single-gong bell ringer. They can be used with any phone that does not have a ringer bell (they will not replace a subset box as commonly used with 1920/30's phones.) They are just a bell to let you know that your non-bell phone is ringing. Comes with an adapter to allow two modular plugs to be plugged into a single modular wall jack. (3 1/8 wide x 4 7/8 high)
Stock #1014, Price $19.00
click to enlarge WESTERN ELECTRIC 500 A Western Electric rotary dial telephone from the 1960's. Has been cleaned and tested for operation. A good second phone for the basement or work shop area.
Stock #1015, Price SOLD
click to enlarge WESTERN ELECTRIC 531A BELL BOX: W.E. model 531A bell box. This ringer box contains a two-gong ringer bell. Size is 4 1/2 wide, 6 high and 1 7/8 inches deep. This is NOT a subset type box. This ringer box allows you to have a non-ringer phone ring when a call comes in or you may use it as an extension bell in another room. You must have a modular wall jack to plug this box into. An adapter to allow two modular plugs to be plugged into a single modular wall jack is an additional $2.50. An modular cord is optional and cost $0.40 per foot (black color). State how many feet required. Have 2 available
Stock #1016, Price $22.50
click to enlarge WESTERN ELECTRIC 502A BOX: A Western Electric type 502A wood box in the hard to find walnut version of wood (not oak). Very good condition, only has 3 holes on bottom that have 1/2" hole plugs covering them. Can be used to make a nice subset box with the addition of a ringer bell and 101A induction coil.
Stock #1017, Price $ SOLD
click to enlarge WESTERN ELECTRIC 302: This is the metal cased version of the famous Western Electric type 302 phone. This phone has been repainted by someone in the past. Deemed too good to need repainting. Has a few areas that were touched up, still a very presentable phone verses the more costly 302's that I have black powered coated. Cleaned and tested for operation. I also have a few 302's of the plastic case type not restored yet, inquire.
Stock #1018, Price $62.50
click to enlarge WESTERN ELECTRIC 500 CLONE: A Western Electric type 500 telephone clone made by Stromberg Carlson Co. Black plastic case is in above average condition. Nice 2nd phone for your workshop, garage or other room. Cleaned and tested for operation. Has a modular cord.
Stock #1019, Price $30.00
click to enlarge MAGNETO BOX - use as a subset: A Northern Electric type N515H magneto box with side crank. When crank is turned the bells will ring. Could be made into a subset box by removing the magneto and replacing the 104A induction coil with a 101A induction coil ($5.00 optional for a 101A coil). The black painted wood looks to be walnut or mahogany, not sure. Should look nice if stripped and restained. Case size is 6 1/2w X 9 3/8h X 4 5/8 deepth.
Stock #1020, Price $44.50
click to enlarge RINGER BOX: An Automatic Electric wood ringer box that I repainted and added a 1000 ohm Western Electric bell. Enough room inside for a W.E. 101A induction coil (optional). Size is 6 1/4 wide x 6 5/8 inches high.
Stock #1021, Price $40.00
click to enlarge WESTERN ELECTRIC 554: A Western Electric type 554 wall phone. Case is black plastic and in very good condition. Cleaned and tested for operation. Has about a 7 foot modular cord, if longer or shorter required I can change it. A nice 2nd phone for the workshop or garage.
Stock #1022, Price $40.00
click to enlarge RINGER BOX: A metal case ringer box that I have repainted and added a W.E. type 300 phone ringer to it. Enough room inside for a W.E. 101A induction coil (optional). Size is 6 wide and 6 5/8 inches high.
Stock #1023, Price $42.00
click to enlarge AUTOMATIC ELECTRIC TYPE 34: A restored Automatic Electric type 34 cradle telephone, made in early 1930's. Has a very heavy duty black bakelite case. Has original black handset cord in very good condition. Has a new black cloth covered modular cord. Features brass banded handset and brass finger wheel. Some people refer to this phone as Art-Deco styling. Ready to plug into a modular outlet and use.
Stock #1024, Price $255.00
click to enlarge TELEPHONE RELATED NOVELTIES: Just some of the many telephone related novelty items we have in our store. See HOME page of web site - click on - Telephone Novelties
Stock #1025, Price $00.00

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