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SA 24: Stromberg Carlson "1894" Coffee Grinder Upright Telephone - Ends 7-24-20

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New and not so new forum members are very welcome and encouraged to take a guess. There are no wrong guesses, just one lucky guess. No one knows the winning bid on any auction until it ends. However, it is important to get your guess in before someone else grabs your guess.

New guesses must be at least $20.00 away from any prior guess.

Everyone is entitled to one (1) guess revision as long as it is posted in a reply at least 24 hours prior to the eBay auction ending.

Seller Description:  "Stromberg Carlson "1894" Antique Coffee Grinder Upright Telephone  --  One of the earliest upright telephones of it's time, this Stromberg Carlson telephone has been lovingly restored to it's original condition and stands apx. 13" Tall on it's wooden base.  --  The body appears to be copper and the color of the metal looks fabulous!   --  The crank handle turns without fail and the magneto at the interior is clean as a whistle!  --  The bells have an oblong shape to them and are roughly 2" diameter.  --  The switch hook is fixed and has a magnificent claw shape to it, the Stromberg Carlson receiver has been newly corded with green cloth cording and the cap is marked as:  The Stromberg Carlson Tel M'F'G Co.  --  Chicago  --  PAT'S June 12, Nov 27 '94.  --  The metal band on the receiver is also stamped Stromberg Carlson"

This is started as a "special rules" no winner contest, the best guesser will not be included in the CRPF Auction Contest Hall of Fame or be counted in the CRPF Contest Standings as a win. This one is just for fun, but the best guesser will take a place in the Special Auction Contest Standings.

NOTE:  This item has a reserve but even if the reserve is not met, the member guessing closest to the ending bid will have won the contest by most closely guessing the current market value of this item, even if it did not sell, did not meet the reserve.

Existing Forum discussion topic for this item:


$   3,257.83 - Jim Stettler  ( 4 )
$   3,999.00 - Duffy  ( 3 )
$   4,327.89 - phonium  ( 2 )
$   5,600.00 - Scott  ( 5 )
$   6,500.00 - HarrySmith  ( 1 )

Early Morning Auction Status

07-17-20     Listed       $        9.99
07-18-20     8 bids       $     629.99
07-19-20   14 bids       $  1,625.00  - Reserve Not Met  (53 watchers)

Listing ended early (for a second time) by the seller on 19 July 2020

07-24-20   Ends at 11:17:32AM PDT


they actually made one like that? don't like the design....


Very early desk stand. Apparently very rare, less than 10 known to exist.


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