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Offline Doug Rose

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$18,699.69
« on: October 28, 2013, 06:22:51 PM »
Anyone follow this on eBay? I am amazed!....Doug

http://tinyurl.com/otxl87b
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Offline HarrySmith

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Re: $18,699.69
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2013, 06:46:46 PM »
HMMM, Nice price :o
What is it? Must be some real early wood.
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Offline Doug Rose

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Re: $18,699.69
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2013, 06:49:27 PM »
Harry....its......expensive  :P  I do not have a clue....Doug
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Offline Sargeguy

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Re: $18,699.69
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2013, 07:04:18 PM »
This is one of Western Union's phones when they were trying to compete with Bell using Elisha Gray's patents.  It's really old.  Note the two hooks.  This was when they used dual receiver/transmitters rather than a separate  and transmitter receiver.  Those are not switch hooks: the caller needed to manually switch off the phone when the call was over.
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« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2013, 07:09:01 PM »
Around 1877 or so.
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Offline Nick in Manitou

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Offline Sargeguy

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Re: $18,699.69
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2013, 07:16:58 PM »
One of the receivers sold not too long ago:

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=9536.0
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Offline TelePlay

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Re: $18,699.69
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2013, 08:28:23 PM »
One of the receivers sold not too long ago:

And neither of the two bidders on that auction for the receiver were in this auction, unless eBay scrambled the hidden handles.

For posterity, the museum phone.
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Offline Contempra

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Re: $18,699.69
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2013, 08:31:58 PM »
Anyone follow this on eBay? I am amazed!....Doug

http://tinyurl.com/otxl87b

The price is too high at my opinion ! :o   At this price , its a good cash for a house or a car..
Denis

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« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2013, 09:21:09 PM »
The one in the eBay auction is earliar than the one in the museum, and has the original front panel.  It is missing the crank and the transmitter/receivers.  Still an awesome piece of telephone history in great condition. 
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Offline wds

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Re: $18,699.69
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2013, 07:37:23 AM »
Few more pictures of the phone from Ebay.
Dave