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Medina, Ohio

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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 25th, 2013, 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 WESTERN ELECTRIC 202/102's: Four phones that are in the restoration process. Three are W.E.202's and one is a W.E.102. The W.E. 102's are the forerunner of the oval base 202's and the 102's are much harder to find. All have a new powder coat paint job. Estimated completion date is mid February 2014 (?).
Stock #1001, Price $ TBD
click to enlarge WESTERN ELECTRIC 302: This is the early metal version (1930/40's) and has been professionally repainted in a durable black powder coat. Has very good original handset cord and new cloth-covered brown modular cord. Front of phone has a repaired hole in metal and is only noticeable when viewed close up. Ready to plug into a modular outlet and use.
Stock #1002, Price $ sold
click to enlarge WESTERN ELECTRIC CANDLESTICK: A Western Electric dial type candlestick phone from the 1920's. New powder coat paint, In the restoration process. Estimated completion date is November 2012.
Stock #1003, Price $ TBD
click to enlarge WESTERN ELECTRIC 302: A Western Electric Model 302, this is the early metal cased version. Sold unrestored. However, it has been tested and is working fine. Dial spins freely, rings ok, talks and receives fine, A new vinyl modular cord has been wired in - ready to use. If restored it will require painting, a new handset curly cord, and perhaps a new dial number overlay to replace the worn numbers as is common on all old phones. When I restore these metal 302 types price is over $150.00+ (see numbers 1027, 1069 and 1070)
Stock #1004, Price $ sold
click to enlarge AUTOMATIC ELECTRIC 1A: A restored 1930's round base Automatic Electric 1A made of black bakelite. Comes with the early handset with brass bands and is wired with new black cloth covered cord. Also has new black cloth covered subset and modular line cords also. Has new rubber base gasket. Wired to an A.E. ringer box and ready to use.
Stock #1005, Price $ sold
click to enlarge WESTERN ELECTRIC 202: An oval base 202 from the 1920/30's period of time. In semi-unrestored condition, paint is exceptionally good, even the receiver perch ears have very little wear to them. Has very good original brown cloth handset cord (new repro cord optional) and new brown cloth-covered subset and new cloth-covered modular cord. Has the early E1 type handset and a #5 dial, dated inside 1941. Wired to a W.E. type 684A subset box. Ready to plug into a modular outlet and use.
Stock #1006, Price $ sold
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 #34: Classic deco styling from 1930's/40's, this bakelite phone features professionally re-nickeled handset bands and dial finger wheel. New cloth covered handset and modular cords. New rubber base gasket. Ready to plug-in and use. Looks much nicer than photo shows.
Stock #1008, Price $ sold
click to enlarge AUTOMATIC ELECTRIC 40: An Automatic Electric Model 40 from late 1930's and 1940's. Has an all black bakelite body. Has very good original rubber handset cord (new vinly curly cord optional), has chrome finger wheel, and a new rubber base gasket. Tested and ready to use with black vinyl modular cord. Nice looking phone with the chrome finger wheel.
Stock #1009, Price $98.50
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 $295.00
click to enlarge WESTERN ELECTRIC 302: This is the early metal version (1930/40's) and has been professionally repainted in a durable black powder coat. Has very good original brown cloth-covered handset cord and new cloth-covered brown modular cord.. Ready to plug into a modular outlet and use. .
Stock #1011, Price $ sold
click to enlarge WESTERN ELECTRIC 302: This is the early metal version (1930/40's) and has been professionally repainted in a durable black powder coat. Has new black rubber curly handset cord and new black vinyl modular cord.. Ready to plug into a modular outlet and use.
Stock #1012, Price $ sold
click to enlarge WESTERN ELECTRIC 202: A unrestored Western Electric oval base 202 telephone from 1930's. Has a type F1 handset with brown cloth cord and W.E. type #5 rotary dial. Will require a subset and restoration to complete this phone.
Stock #1013, Price $ sold
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 AUTOMATIC ELECTRIC An unrestored Automatic Electric candlestick telephone. Sold less receiver, mouthpiece is a reproduction. Transmitter cup has a small dent in back/top side that will need to be pounded out, easy to do as cup is made of soft brass.
Stock #1015, Price $ sold
click to enlarge WESTERN ELECTRIC BELL BOX: W.E. model 531A bell box. Contains a two-gong ringer bell. Similair to #1014 above. Size is 4 1/2 wide, 6 high and 1 7/8 inches deep. This is NOT a subset type box. Comes with an adapter to allow two modular plugs to be plugged into a single modular wall jack.
Stock #1016, Price $28.75
click to enlarge WESTERN ELECTRIC 202: An oval base 202 from the 1920/30's period of time. In semi-unrestored condition, paint is good on base, the receiver perch ears have the normal wear to them. Has good+++ original brown cloth handset cord (new repro cord optional) and new (N.O.S. W.E.) brown cloth-covered subset and new cloth-covered modular cord. Has the early E1 type handset and a type 4H clickity-clack dial. Connected to a W.E. type 685 subset box. Ready to plug into a modular outlet and use.
Stock #1017, Price $ sold
click to enlarge STROMBERG-CARLSON 1198: A nice looking oval base bakelite phone. Has a new black curly cord and a powder coated finger wheel added. Has very good base felt material. Phone has been cleaned and dial tested for operation. Just needs a subset added to make this telephone work.
Stock #1018, Price $148.00
click to enlarge WESTERN ELECTRIC CANDLESTICK: An unrestored Western Electric candlestick telephone. Someone has drilled a hole on the bottom metal base on back/right side. It now has a switch mounted there. It will need to be filled in and the base repainted if so desired. Has a #4 dial and a repro mouth piece. Requires a subset to make into a functional phone.
Stock #1019, Price $165.00
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 B1/101: An Western Electric 101 round base (not ovalbase ) with early type E1 handset. In unrestored condition, base paint is very good original condition, receiver pearch has some wear as is normal on these. Has a new powder coated finger wheel and a #4 dial. Receiver and dial tested for operation. Needs a subset to make a working telephone.
Stock #1022, Price $157.00
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 WESTERN ELECTRIC CANDLESTICK: An unrestored Western Electric candlestick telephone. Will require a new paint job to make it decent looking as the main shaft is a dull black color and does not match the rest of the phone. Has a #4 W.E. dial and a original W.E. mouth piece. Receiver cord is dirty and should be replaced also.
Stock #1024, Price $165.00
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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