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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: Nov. 23rd, 2014, 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 B1/101: This is the early version of the W.E. 202 oval base, this phone has the round base and is harder to find. It has very good original paint, just very minor wear on handset perch ears. Has a type E1 handset. has very good original cloth handset cord. Has new brown felt added to base, Has a W.E. type 5H dial. Comes with a very good cloth 6 foot 4-conductor subset cord. 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.
Stock #1002, Price $315.00
click to enlarge WESTERN ELECTRIC Candlestick A Western Electric candlestick phone from 1920's. Has been professionally powder coated in semi-gloss black paint. All original except a new T1 transmitter element has been added for better sound. Features an early 4H type "clicky-clack" dial, all new cloth covered cords for the receiver, subset and line cord. Has new brown felt added to base. Wired to a W.E. type 684 subset box. Ready to plug-in and use. Actual telephone is much better than photo depicts due to reflections. Subset box has the normal scratches but normally not a factor has subset is normally hidden out of view.
Stock #1004, Price $430.00
click to enlarge WESTERN ELECTRIC B1/101: This is the early version of the W.E. 202 oval base, this phone has the round base and is harder to find. Phone has been professionally powder coated in semi-gloss black paint. Has the early type E1 handset. Has the early type 4H "clicky-clack" dial. Has new brown felt added to base, Has all new cloth covered cords for receiver, subset and line cord. Wired to a W.E. type 584 subset box.Phone is better than photo depicts due to many white reflections.
Stock #1005, Price $395.00
click to enlarge WESTERN ELECTRIC 202: An oval base 202 from the 1920/30's period of time. It has been professionally powder coated in semi-gloss black paint. Has all new brown cloth covered cords for the receiver, subset and line cord. Has the early 4H type "clicky-clack" dial. Has original brown felt on base in very good condition. Has the early W.E. type E1 handset. Wired to a W.E. type 684A subset box. Phone is better than photo depicts due to reflections from camera flash. Ready to plug into a modular outlet and use.
Stock #1006, Price $330.00
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 34: An Automatic Electric Model 34 from mid 1930's. Phone completely restored. Features nickel accent pieces on handset and finger wheel. Case is made of heavy duty black bakelite material. Has new black cloth covered handset and modular cords. Has new rubber base gasket. Tested and ready to use on land lines only. Orange marks on photo of phone are camera flash reflections.
Stock #1008, Price $345.00
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 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 $270.00
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 $295.00
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 $325.00
click to enlarge WESTERN ELECTRIC 302: This is the early metal version (1930/40's) It has not been restored, so could use a new paint job if desired. Has a cloth covered curly handset cord. Has a 5 foot long gray modular cord, longer length available at added cost. Tested for operation and ready to plug into a modular outlet and use.
Stock #1012, Price $55.00
click to enlarge WESTERN ELECTRIC CANDLESTICK: A unrestored Western Electric candlestick phone from the 1920's. It needs to be repainted as someone did a terible job painting it sometime in the past. Has a W.E. type #5 rotary dial and a excellent W.E. original mouthpiece. Comes with a good 4-conductor subset cord. Will require a subset and restoration to complete this phone.
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 $23.50
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 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 $29.50
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 AUTOMATIC ELECTRIC 40: This is the art-deco version with the nickeled handset bands, finger wheel and lift bar. Has new black cloth-covered handset and modular line cords. Cleaned and tested for operation. Has just a small scuff area on left front corner, does not distract from this beautiful phone. Phone is better than photo depicts due to camera flash reflections.
Stock #1022, Price $189.00
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 $305.00
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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