Western Electric 51AL dial desk stand and 684 Subset (Inventory 2159 & 2160) CLICK to go to eBay auction ending Sunday, December 1st.
In over fifty years of collecting, reconditioning and selling old telephones, I have refurbished literally hundreds of Western Electric dial desk stands. Most had been factory reconditioned previously.
The most interesting one - and it was the only one I ever came across - was this 51AL dial desk stand that was converted during WWII from an early 20th century WE series 20 non-dial model with a "side screw" secured switchplate.
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Gray-Western Pay Station and 684 Subset
Gray-Western Two-Piece Pay Station and 684 Subset (Inventory 2156 & 2157) CLICK to go to eBay auction ending Sunday, December 1st.
This pay station was obtained from a very well known New Haven area professional theater.
I had made some stylized payphones for a production of “Guys and Dolls” several years back. When I delivered the phones the prop master asked if I’d like to see their prop phones. Lying on a low shelf in their prop room was this two-piece Gray-Western payphone.
The prop master told me to take it; they didn’t want it anymore. I took it and ripped up their bill.
It had no transmitter and no receiver. Most of the guts were missing, except for the upper and lower housing contact springs and the receiver contact assembly. The receiver contact assembly was configured for antisidetone, which is how I wired it.
I added an original Western Electric 323 transmitter and 144 receiver (w/repro cap), and a nice original Western Electric 684 subscriber set with a thermoplastic cover dated 11-9-54.
The original cast iron upper and lower housings are in perfect condition. Came with the original and extremely hard-to-find 10A transmitter mount.
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We are liquidating what is left of our inventory of restored telephones, as well as all of our unrestored inventory.
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151C Desk Stand and 684BC Subset - SOLD! - CLICK HERE!
This rare Western Electric 151C desk stand and 684BC subscriber set were configured for two-party selective message rate service, but they are now wired for single line service. The original factory finish has some worn spots but is in relatively nice “as removed from service” condition. Works Perfectly!
Equipped with an original 323 transmitter and "star" mouthpiece in perfect condition. The 143 receiver is in excellent original condition - no cracks, chips or gouges.
The original Western Electric 684BC subscriber set (bell box) works perfectly, is very clean, and the bakelite cover has no cracks, chips or gouges.
The new cloth-covered modular line cord allows for quick and easy connection to your telephone service. This telephone will give you another 75 years of reliable service.
Inventory #2134 - Early Western Electric Metal 302
In the buyer's home! (CLICK to enlarge image)
Northern Electric 51AL and WE 127 ringer converted to subset - NICE! NICE! NICE!
Western Electric 302 Desk Telephone - LIKE NEW! (Inventory #2136)
In our eBay store . . .
Two N.O.S. Kellogg No. 103 "Hookswitches" - $30
Three Kellogg Receiver Hooks - $9
Western Electric 20AH Desk Stand - BUY IT NOW - $125.00
Beautifully restored Western Electric 20AL desk stand (Inventory #2137) and 127A ringer (converted to be a subscriber set).
We are offering this extra nice and fairly rare Western Electric 251 (302) Desk Telephone (Inventory #2132)
NICE!! Western Electric 302 Desk Telephone (Inventory #2133)
Assortment of 16 Receiver and Handset Hooks
9 Western Electric Transmitter Mounts - $45 plus shipping - CLICK to go to Buy It Now
Assortment of 8 Dials - Various Makes
75 NOS WE Clear Plastic Fingerwheels
Note Pad Holder for Desk Stand
Note Pad Holder for Desk Stand
Western Electric Red 302
Western Electric 151RA Desk Stand
An Assortment of 6 Dials
12 Transmitter Cups - Mostly Western
Classic 20th century accessories for your retro family room, den, bedroom or patio. Our telephones are fully functional and highly collectible. They have been meticulously and authentically restored to look and work as well as the day they left the factory. Our telephones are completely compatible with existing telephone company central office switching equipment. However, a rotary-to-touchtone converter may be required where telephone service is provided by cable TV, the Internet (VOIP), or on any telephone service that does not support pulse dialing.
We specialize in meticulously and authentically restored telephones by
suppliers for the BELL SYSTEM telephone companies.
As a result of hundreds of customer inquiries over the past few years, and especially for the benefit of new telephone collectors, we have expanded our website to include more historical and technical information about the various Western Electric telephones and accessories we offer. Much of this information on our website was gleaned from over forty-five years of inquiry and empirical observation, as well as from some excellent books and publications we cite below:
Desk Telephones of the Bell System (1993), by Dr. Lawrence Wolff From the Far Corners of the Earth (1939), published by Western Electric 100 Years of Bell Telephones (1995), by Richard Mountjoy Western Electric Telephone Apparatus and Supplies Catalog No. 3 (1916) Western Electric Telephone Apparatus and Supplies Catalog No. 7 (1929) Western Electric Telephone Apparatus and Cable 1930-31 Edition (1930) Western Electric Telephone Apparatus and Cable Catalog No. 9 (1935) Western Electric Telephone Apparatus and Cable Catalog No. 10 (1939) Western Electric Telephone Apparatus and Cable Catalog No. 11 (1950) and numerous Bell Systems Practices bulletins
For those who would like to know more about Western Electric telephones, we highly recommend both Mr. Mountjoy’s and Dr. Wollf’s excellent and well researched books. Dr. Wolff’s book is available through the Antique Telephone Collectors Association (www.atcaonline.com). Mr. Mountjoy’s book may be obtained through Phoneco, Inc. of Galesville, WI (www.phonecoinc.com)
Wistful Vista Telephone Co.® telephones look and work like they just came from the factory. Still, customers are advised that the original telephones we sell are old – some of them over 100 years old. Over the years, some have acquired minor imperfections in the metal and/or bakelite surfaces, which will not detract from their functionality, beauty or collector value. However, original bakelite parts will be free of cracks, chips and significant gouges. The availability and prices of all items listed on this website are subject to change without notice.
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