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Offline Doug Rose

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I Finally Finished My WE 302s!!
« on: December 01, 2018, 01:42:23 PM »
The elusive Oxidized silver. Came today, Two birds with one stone as it has a 4J dial!! The was one my list as well. Paint on the body is in really good shape. Metal shell with a few marks, but not bad at all.

I put a Black E1 on it until I decide what to so with the Brown F1 handset. Not good enough to display, but I do not want to be rash,

The 4J was a huge surprise.

It was going for $22.50 to me until the last three seconds when it jumped to $127. All in all I am extremely happy with it even with the last bid  :o....Doug


https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Antique-Western-Electric-302G-Custom-Silver-Grey-Rotary-Desk-Telephone/253982898464
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Re: I Finally Finished My WE 302s!!
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2018, 02:08:36 PM »
Doug  ....  I think you did very well on it.     A 4J dial all by itself, is worth the price of admission, and the rest of the set was basically "free".   

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Re: I Finally Finished My WE 302s!!
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2018, 02:25:02 PM »
Looks like the first contender for December's find of the month to me.
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Re: I Finally Finished My WE 302s!!
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2018, 02:35:39 PM »
It feels great to complete a collection, happy for you Doug.




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Re: I Finally Finished My WE 302s!!
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2018, 06:38:44 PM »
Doug - Very nice phone.  I don't think the paint wear is a big deal from a display standpoint.  Admittedly I'm an "originality" guy, but I'd proudly display that set with the worn handset....  :)
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Re: I Finally Finished My WE 302s!!
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2018, 08:17:59 PM »
Auction link: https://www.ebay.com/itm/253982898464

Pictures from Auction below. The handset looked black under the paint to me when I saw this auction a while back, but Doug said it was brown. I enlarged the frontal auction pic and finally saw brown where the paint was missing. Also there is no seam like with the black F1 handsets.

I don't think I've ever seen the original number card mask before that's also silver and black. A very nice phone, Doug! Congratulations on completing 302s. Are 500s next?  ;)

And does anyone else think someone could learn airbrushing and make these out of black 302s? They were very well done, if only the handset paint would have held up better. I think an artist could make some money redoing handsets.
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Re: I Finally Finished My WE 302s!!
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2018, 09:30:31 PM »
Thanks Folks.... I am more than happy with it.

Jonathan.....I thought it was a early black F1 without the grooves...but it was brown.  A minor disappointment that was quickly quashed when I found the 4J in it. What a shock! One spin of the dial and I could not get the phone opened fast enough.

The base is 1951, so that is my guess of the “upgrade.”  This is just a tough find in decent displayable condition. The E1 looks great with the black of the oxidized sliver, but is too early E1. Just not sure what to do about the handset. Paul, thanks for your input on it.

302s are my favorites, it great that I have finally completed them....but still bitter sweet as the chase is over. Sometimes the chase is the fun of it. ....Doug

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Re: I Finally Finished My WE 302s!!
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2018, 12:23:15 AM »
And you have a clear 302 also, correct, Doug?
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Re: I Finally Finished My WE 302s!!
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2018, 07:54:19 AM »
I do ....I have  A Genuine Imitation by Ray. It is better than an original as there are no scratches or warps and still clear after all these years. It is really a  cool set...an eye catcher....Doug
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Re: I Finally Finished My WE 302s!!
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2019, 09:47:25 PM »
I got this NOS oxidized silver handset today. Can you believe a NOS find from the 50s!! I had just found the phone after years of looking for one to complete my 302s, but the handset was beyond hope. This had just come on eBay when I saw it. Amazingly matches the phones paint with a perfect Ivory handset cord to boot. A few marks from storage but just an unbelievable stroke of luck!

Just a once in a lifetime find.

Sometimes you do bite the bear.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/254121353049
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Re: I Finally Finished My WE 302s!!
« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2019, 07:03:40 AM »
I put the new handset on early this morning, couldn't sleep thinking about it. I am pleasantly surprised that they match so well. Handset cord matches the line cord as well They look like they came together, not an add on many years later.. This was an expensive add but well worth it to me. How often do you see this phone in nice displayable condition. Phone and handset do have a few nicks in the paint, but for a painted phone older than I am, I'll take it!...Doug
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Re: I Finally Finished My WE 302s!!
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2019, 12:00:11 PM »
Amazing Doug, how well that worded out!  Really a beautiful phone....  I too really enjoy finding an elusive part and putting a phone back together.
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Re: I Finally Finished My WE 302s!!
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2019, 12:03:41 PM »
Really stunning Doug!

How about a family photo?
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Re: I Finally Finished My WE 302s!!
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2019, 12:20:34 PM »
Very handsome.

Could someone please explain how/why this finish came to be?

Is this a forever phone Doug?
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Re: I Finally Finished My WE 302s!!
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2019, 01:32:25 PM »
CJ...this phone is a keeper....forever!....Doug
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