Author Topic: It's a bit of a Frankenphone  (Read 808 times)

Offline baldopeacock

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It's a bit of a Frankenphone
« on: October 25, 2010, 10:29:24 AM »
Red 302 on eBay, sort of.  But the good news is that it can be yours for just $175.

Powdercoated case, painted handset, AE dial, cords of indeterminate origin.  Stamped 5310F on the bottom with what might be a 1963 refurb date.   This one's been around the block a time or two.   It has the F1W handset.   Am I probably close in guessing that this went to an independent phone company and was refurbed as a 5310 by an outside shop at some point, then got the 302 case, etc in its next life?

Or is it just a general mish-mash?    :o

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EDIT:  Link dead and external image no longer valid as of 3-27-16

http://cgi.ebay.com/Red-Western-Electric-302-Vintage-Telephone-powder-coat



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Offline paul-f

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Re: It's a bit of a Frankenphone
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2010, 02:14:13 PM »
AFAIK there was no Bell System 5310, so it would have had to have been done outside the system.

I have seen several other sets with similar markings in yellow (not a common Bell System color).  They've had a pushbutton below and to the left of the dial.
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Offline McHeath

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Re: It's a bit of a Frankenphone
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2010, 09:45:14 PM »
Tag on the bottom says it was once priced at 269 clams at someplace called "The Antique Warehouse".  Considering that it's really just a red painted 302 from an independent I'd say a price of 50 is more reasonable, in my opinion. 

It does look pretty nice though. 

Offline baldopeacock

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Re: It's a bit of a Frankenphone
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2010, 10:47:22 PM »
That white "star" stamp on the bottom looks familiar, wasn't that used by one of the independents?

Offline bushman

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Re: It's a bit of a Frankenphone
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2010, 08:30:36 PM »
Hey! That's my phone! Here are some pics of my 5310.

Bushman