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Offline tubaman

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Anyone got a spare £12000 for this WE - if it's real that is!
« on: December 01, 2019, 08:42:16 AM »
Nice phone, but a bit pricey for me!
I've no idea if it's genuine or worth anything like £12000 (circa $15,000).
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Western-Electric-phone/223775322583
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« Last Edit: December 01, 2019, 01:14:39 PM by tubaman »

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Re: Anyone got a spare £12000 for this WE - if it's real that is!
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2019, 09:44:18 AM »
Nice phone, but a bit pricey for me!
I've no idea if it's genuine or worth anything like £12000 (circa $15,000).
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Western-Electric-phone/22377532258
 :)

Looks homemade to me, albeit very well made!  Rather "modern" (USA) magneto it seems.
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Offline andre_janew

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Re: Anyone got a spare £12000 for this WE - if it's real that is!
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2019, 12:31:00 PM »
Is that a weather vane on top?  Oh, wait!  Never mind, I just realized that's probably the transmitter!

Offline Western Bell

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Re: Anyone got a spare £12000 for this WE - if it's real that is!
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2019, 01:04:54 PM »
Do you have the sellerís eBay description?

The eBay listing has been removed. Canít see it anymore so hope you captured it and can post it.

Photos are out of context without it.

Offline rdelius

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Re: Anyone got a spare £12000 for this WE - if it's real that is!
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2019, 01:11:19 PM »
It is real . I have seen this in a vintage source. Will try to find it. WE but not USA built.

Offline tubaman

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Re: Anyone got a spare £12000 for this WE - if it's real that is!
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2019, 01:14:25 PM »
Do you have the sellerís eBay description?

The eBay listing has been removed. Canít see it anymore so hope you captured it and can post it.

Photos are out of context without it.

Oops - looks like I missed a digit from the URL - now fixed in my original post.

The description is:
Please see photos
!  Make payment only after contacting me.
Thanks


Which is why I didn't post it earlier, as it doesn't tell you anything.
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Offline countryman

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Re: Anyone got a spare £12000 for this WE - if it's real that is!
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2019, 01:33:05 PM »
that whole deal smells fishy... maybe transfer of illegal money? The seller has sold other absurdely high priced items in the past, and got freaky good reviews for those deals.

Offline Western Bell

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Re: Anyone got a spare £12000 for this WE - if it's real that is!
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2019, 02:20:47 PM »
Which is why I didn't post it earlier, as it doesn't tell you anything.

Thanks.

Actually, the absence of a description is informative in its own way.

Last old phone he sold, a Waden, sold for £1,200 and if too had a short, cryptic description. "Waden phone. Welcome and any questions"

Caveat emptor!

Offline countryman

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Re: Anyone got a spare £12000 for this WE - if it's real that is!
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2019, 03:28:04 PM »
here's another one with hearty price expectations (if that term is understood in English ;) ). But the stuff he sold in the past wasn't way overpriced.
Ebay seller link

Offline Jack Ryan

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Re: Anyone got a spare £12000 for this WE - if it's real that is!
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2019, 07:31:31 PM »
This looks like an original WE "Swing Arm" to me - except for the receiver.

Others, including Ericsson, also made them. The WE version was used by the National Telephone Co in the UK.

Many say it was made by BWE but it was, in fact, made by BTMC.

Jack