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Offline rbouch

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Gecophone part two
« on: June 14, 2016, 07:33:09 PM »
Thanks to Matilo Telephones, Jack Ryan and rdelius for the help with this phone, my first "offshore" phone.

We found the model number KS10208 b issue inside the phone.
Spent a part of today cleaning the phone (still some paint flecks left to go), freeing up the dial and adjusting the bells so they wouldn't sound when I was dialing.

Switching has a piece broken off inside the cradle but I can live with that.
Below are some pictures of the phone before cleaning, dial,  fingerstop, handset etc, and the phone in its current state.

I'm fascinated, any information about the dial or any other parts of this phone would be very much appreciated.

For instance, is this a bpo dial or an imitation.  Fingerwheel is polished stainless steel...

Offline rbouch

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Re: Gecophone part two
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2016, 07:37:10 PM »
More pictures

Offline rdelius

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Re: Gecophone part two
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2016, 09:56:26 PM »
#12 type  dial.A pain to adjust

Offline LarryInMichigan

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Re: Gecophone part two
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2016, 11:22:40 PM »
That's a very nice phone.  I have been on the lookout for one of those for cheap.  I already have the GPO "pyramid" phones without the built-in (or should that be "inbuilt") ringer.

Larry

Offline rbouch

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Re: Gecophone part two
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2016, 11:58:08 PM »
Thanks Larry

If I run into another at a reasonable price I will let you know... :)

Offline Matilo Telephones

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Re: Gecophone part two
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2016, 04:30:36 AM »
Thanks, rbouch!

Your Gecophone looks, good. That transmitter cap should not be a problem. Cords are available on line too.

I have bought one too, earlier this year. It was in a lot of 28 telephones.

It has the wrong handset and dial. But one of these days I will put that right.
Groeten,

Arwin

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Offline rbouch

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Re: Gecophone part two
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2016, 10:22:09 AM »
Actually, from the article you sent me the link to, your phone looks to be a late fifties version with the correct handset...

Offline Matilo Telephones

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Re: Gecophone part two
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2016, 11:05:03 AM »
The handset looks similar but the one in the picture is a similar handset as a 700-series telephone from the UK.

The handset on my Gecophone is a BTMC telephone, like the BTMC 2824 A in the picture below.
Groeten,

Arwin

Check out my telephone website: http://www.matilo.eu/?lang=en

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Offline rbouch

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Re: Gecophone part two
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2016, 12:24:06 PM »
Wow,
Now I see the difference,  but it sure is subtle.

Offline AE_Collector

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Re: Gecophone part two
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2016, 05:44:18 PM »
So for those in the know, correct me if I am wrong about any of this.

I presume that the odd name Gecophone comes about as they are made by GEC in England? And that these were never accepted or used by the GPO, they were made for private systems and/or sold to "other" telephone companies likely in other countries. I recall seeing these in white or Ivory for sale somewhere, likely on eBay with the claim that they had been on the Queen Mary or some other similar ship.

I have some Muraphone Wall Phones made by GEC for similar non GPO purposes.

Terry

Offline rbouch

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Re: Gecophone part two
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2016, 10:04:28 PM »
Terry
Here isthe link on Gecophones Matilo Telephones provided me with,

http://www.britishtelephones.com/gec/geco.htm

This is about all I have found on the Internet about these phones....

Offline SUnset2

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Re: Gecophone part two
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2016, 01:46:09 AM »
A Gecophone like this?

Offline rbouch

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Re: Gecophone part two
« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2016, 05:47:58 AM »
Well now, there's a piece of history....
Where did you find that?

Offline SUnset2

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Re: Gecophone part two
« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2016, 09:12:49 PM »
I stumbled on it at a local antiques mall about 15 years ago.  I doubt that I paid more than $35 or $40 for it.  From what I've read on web sites is that they removed a bunch of them from staterooms when they converted the Queen Mary into a hotel, and they pop up from time to time.