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Offline Dennis Markham

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Butler Handles for Colored A.E. 40's
« on: September 22, 2015, 08:34:16 PM »
I was contacted by Beth Raduenzel who is the daughter of long-time collector Jim Aita.  I will post her message to me regarding the butler handles.

My name is Beth Raduenzel. Iím Jim Aitaís daughter. Iím guessing you either know him or know of him. He recently designed some butler handles for colored AE 40ís that heíd like to sell online. Since he doesnít do ďthe internetĒ, I'll be helping him. I found your forum and thought it may be a good place to start.

As you probably know, colored AE 40ís shrink over time, so original handles (if you can find them) no longer fit. My dad, working in conjunction with a local laser cutting facility, has manufactured, nickle-plated and hand-polished a small amount of original-looking butler handles in very specific sizes that fit the shrunken colored AE 40ís. He told me he put this info in the newsletter, but hasnít received any responses. I'm not sure anyone in the club still reads the newsletter, or if they're all online instead. So here I am.

Is this something you think people on your forum may be interested in? Iíll be posting them on Ebay later today for $75 each.


I told her I would share the information with our group in case anyone was interested.  She did re-contact me later today saying she had listed them on eBay.  Here is that link:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/221893539831

~Dennis

Offline Jack Ryan

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Re: Butler Handles for Colored A.E. 40's
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2015, 09:23:22 PM »
The eBay listings says that these sizes are available:

Butler handle sizes are:
2 1/16
2 1/8
2 3/16

Is that the measurement across the inside of the cradle? The measurement of a black Bakelite telephone is about 2 3/8. So I assume there is no standard size.

Jack

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Re: Butler Handles for Colored A.E. 40's
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2015, 06:56:09 PM »
Her message states they are made in dmaller sizes to fit the shrunken color cases.
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Re: Butler Handles for Colored A.E. 40's
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2015, 07:29:23 PM »
Her message states they are made in dmaller sizes to fit the shrunken color cases.

True, but that assumes that 90% of the potential market does not exist.

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Re: Butler Handles for Colored A.E. 40's
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2015, 08:52:25 PM »
Anyone with questions can contact the seller via eBay.  I'm sure she will be happy to respond.

~Dennis