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Offline Doug Rose

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Always Looking For Something Different
« on: October 18, 2021, 11:20:33 AM »
This sure is Different, Bakelite RCA Multi Button Bakelite Phone made in England with USA Patent.

These are the initial cleanup pics. No chips in wonderful condition. Many cracks and crevices to clean out the dirt.

Anyone have an idea of what handset would go on this?

Standard multi button has a small crack in the front, but otherwise in nice shape.

This was such a deal!!...Doug
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Re: Always Looking For Something Different
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2021, 12:08:08 PM »
The most likely candidate would be a 164 style handset - https://www.britishtelephones.com/t164.htm - but that is just my best guess.

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Re: Always Looking For Something Different
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2021, 02:07:00 PM »
Not exactly the same handset, but it seems it is too thin for the cradle.

Pics it looks Black, but with the handset in the cradle it looks a Reddish Brown
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Re: Always Looking For Something Different
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2021, 02:21:54 PM »
An Ericsson, like the WE F1 seems to be the best fit. This has a huge plunger.

Second picture shows the RCA is more of a Reddish Brown than a Black...Doug
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Re: Always Looking For Something Different
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2021, 07:51:36 AM »
I found a picture of the correct handset. I do have one, just have to find it....Doug
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Re: Always Looking For Something Different
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2021, 09:35:40 AM »
I found the correct handset, it is empty, but cosmetically is perfect. This will make a wonderful display Intercom/Telephone.

I am very happy the way it turned out.

I am in need of some desi strips that will fit this beauty.....Doug
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Re: Always Looking For Something Different
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2021, 10:40:00 AM »
I had one of those phones. The handset was like the ones on big black British dial phones that had the drawer on the base. I don't know the model of the phone.(maybe 300 series?)
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Re: Always Looking For Something Different
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2021, 02:03:18 PM »
thanks Howard...Doug
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Re: Always Looking For Something Different
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2021, 08:41:31 PM »
Looks like a BTMC handset. Phoneco had capsules. Old phone works? in Canada should also have them since they bought out COT and we had them.

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Re: Always Looking For Something Different
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2021, 02:56:56 AM »
I had one of those phones. The handset was like the ones on big black British dial phones that had the drawer on the base. I don't know the model of the phone.(maybe 300 series?)

Howard, thanks for confirming that it should indeed be a 164 type handset.
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Re: Always Looking For Something Different
« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2021, 05:54:41 PM »
Like waiting for a bus….  None for ages then three turn up at once.   ;)
eBay item number 274990564634

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Re: Always Looking For Something Different
« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2021, 05:55:50 PM »
« Last Edit: October 20, 2021, 06:05:18 PM by FABphones »
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Re: Always Looking For Something Different
« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2021, 07:09:03 AM »
Well found @FABphones, so not a 164 type at all then.
Looks more like a variation on the earlier STC 2724 'Antwerp' handset (https://www.britishtelephones.com/stc2724.htm)
Here's my one for reference - similar but not exactly the same.


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Re: Always Looking For Something Different
« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2021, 08:52:30 AM »
Like waiting for a bus….  None for ages then three turn up at once.   ;)
eBay item number 274990564634

Decals to front:
Modern Telephone
(Great Britain) Ltd
Tottenham Court Road, W1



thanks CJ.......Doug
« Last Edit: October 21, 2021, 09:04:43 AM by Doug Rose »
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Re: Always Looking For Something Different
« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2021, 10:30:26 PM »
Very cool phone and you got it for under $13?
Nice find.
What kind of system would it have connected to?