Author Topic: RARE - AUTOMATIC WESTERN ELECTRIC CANDLESTICK TELEPHONE eBay 150520849420  (Read 2708 times)

Offline Doug Rose

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Re: RARE - AUTOMATIC WESTERN ELECTRIC CANDLESTICK TELEPHONE eBay 150520849420
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2010, 01:21:57 PM »
Too bad you can no longer contact bidders. This is definitely a knock off Korean re-pro.
I know, I have one....
I paid $95.00 for it right after I started to collect phones. I've since upgraded it a bit, and now The only parts Korean are the base,  and stem. It cost me about an extra $100.00 for all the genuine parts. Still much cheaper than an original, and much cheaper that the current ebay offering.

November 1910 is the biggest Red Flag.
Here is the link, I've posted this several times.

http://www.oldphoneman.com/Fakes.htm

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« Last Edit: November 22, 2010, 01:23:37 PM by Dan/Panther »

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Re: RARE - AUTOMATIC WESTERN ELECTRIC CANDLESTICK TELEPHONE eBay 150520849420
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2010, 02:06:22 PM »
There was a discussion on htis phone just the oter day on the ATCA list. It was decided definetly not original. I have copied part of the discussion here:

My understanding after talking with Gerry Billard of Billard's Old Telephones back in the day is that he made up the date of Nov 10 when he had the reproduction transmitter cups made in Tiawan.  I don't remember what he told me that his reason was because he used the correct patent dates on the base of the phones.

The perch on this ebay phone looks like the latter perches that Gerry had made.  The base plate looks like the earlier one with the smaller escutcheon.  The later ones had a wide escutcheon.  This one almost looks real until you see the crooked patent dates on the front.
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Re: RARE - AUTOMATIC WESTERN ELECTRIC CANDLESTICK TELEPHONE eBay 150520849420
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2010, 02:52:33 PM »
I was in an antique store a while back and ran across one of these phones.  When I inquired about old phones, one of sellers directed me to her booth.  One glance I knew what it was.  I told her about the phone and that it was not really an antique, but rather a 70's set from Asia.  She was in total denial and acted really disgusted that I insulted her wares.  I just wished her a nice day and continued shopping.

Most lay-sellers are not aware and are often fooled.  Many may have paid big bucks themselves and don't want to admit they have been taken.
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Re: RARE - AUTOMATIC WESTERN ELECTRIC CANDLESTICK TELEPHONE eBay 150520849420
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2010, 03:12:00 PM »
It's such a shame to see someone waste a fortune on a fake :(


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Re: RARE - AUTOMATIC WESTERN ELECTRIC CANDLESTICK TELEPHONE eBay 150520849420
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2010, 03:46:25 PM »
Gee, and  could have saved on the shipping too. It's about 10 miles from me. Darn...

It does look nice as long as you know what you are getting for your hard earned $$$$

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Re: RARE - AUTOMATIC WESTERN ELECTRIC CANDLESTICK TELEPHONE eBay 150520849420
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2010, 06:06:10 PM »
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