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Offline HarrySmith

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Western Electric #1 Dial
« on: September 12, 2019, 11:22:16 AM »
Just came across this on eBay. WE #1 dial. Pretty rare item but not in the greatest shape and priced a little high. $1,900.00! I don't think it is quite worth all that considering the condition and the missing number card & holder.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Western-Electric-1-Dial/183951893344
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Offline Jack Ryan

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Re: Western Electric #1 Dial
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2019, 08:28:17 PM »
People are desperate to own that dial so it will probably sell.

One sold in 2014 for about $1500
One sold earlier this year for $3745

Both were in pretty good condition.

Some really crappy Sunburst dials have gone for high prices as well.

Of course I'd like one of each but I am waiting for them to be on special.

Jack

Offline FABphones

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Re: Western Electric #1 Dial
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2019, 12:07:00 AM »
No bids in yet, but 14 watchers so far.
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Offline FABphones

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Re: Western Electric #1 Dial
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2019, 02:11:28 PM »
Price has been reduced:
A collector of  'Monochrome Phones with Sepia Tones' - and a Duck!

- I don't collect Red Phones  ...they are starting to collect me -

* Vintage Phones - 10% man made, 90% Tribble

Offline HarrySmith

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Re: Western Electric #1 Dial
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2019, 03:01:41 PM »
I still think it's too high. Yes, it is rare but it is incomplete & not in great condition. We will see!
Also, what about the crossed out markings on the terminals? I can't be like a #2 converted to a #4, there was no previous version to convert from that I am aware of.
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Offline Jack Ryan

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Re: Western Electric #1 Dial
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2019, 08:30:46 PM »
I still think it's too high. Yes, it is rare but it is incomplete & not in great condition. We will see!
Also, what about the crossed out markings on the terminals? I can't be like a #2 converted to a #4, there was no previous version to convert from that I am aware of.

There were several variations on the No 1 dial each with a different 'D' number and very often over-struck. Most had impulse and shunt contacts only. Some of them had the contact designations over-struck as well.

The No 1 dial seemed very much to be a development dial and, in my view, was created as a replacement for AE Mercedes dials in auto exchanges taken over from independent operators.

This particular dial looks like it has the switch pile from a No 2 dial.

Jack