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Re: Not so “RARE” phones, phony items and other such fakery on eBay
« Reply #75 on: September 22, 2013, 04:37:10 PM »
Phoneco used to sell similar door bells to mount into wooden telephones to simulate a magnito. A crank was kluged in place of the turn key

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Re: Not so “RARE” phones, phony items and other such fakery on eBay
« Reply #76 on: September 23, 2013, 08:26:16 PM »
Seller just listed this as a "Westrn Electric Mushroom Rotary Telephone 500 C/D" in a 7 day auction but I don't see the light. Probably an honest mistake by someone who doesn't sell a lot of phones.

On closer inspection, seems to be a mid 50's phone refurbed in '69 and left to rust somewhere after that. And, what's up with the network? Has the black cap but looks like a label was pasted on the side. Wasn't it twocvbloke who once thought about getting a rusted phone like this to restore?

It's a bit high with an asked starting bid of $195.00 but it comes with FREE SHIPPING.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/23106120476
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Re: Not so “RARE” phones, phony items and other such fakery on eBay
« Reply #77 on: September 24, 2013, 07:33:43 AM »
Yep, there's not mushroom in that phone... :D

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Re: Not so “RARE” phones, phony items and other such fakery on eBay
« Reply #78 on: September 24, 2013, 07:57:31 AM »
Yep, there's not mushroom in that phone... :D
Its ratty enough that it likely could grow mushrooms! I notice he has removed it today...He must have realized his error. Definitely just a 500 c/d made ca. 1955 and refurbed in '69.

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Re: Not so “RARE” phones, phony items and other such fakery on eBay
« Reply #79 on: September 24, 2013, 11:25:20 AM »
Paper labels were common on the networks in 500s from that time frame...Now, is there a list somewhere showing the exact dates this is true?
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Re: Not so “RARE” phones, phony items and other such fakery on eBay
« Reply #80 on: October 17, 2013, 07:18:57 PM »
Just had to put this somewhere for posterity  ::) and phony items seemed the best fit, even though the seller just used a bad item descriptor probably for lack of not knowing what this thing is/was/could be.

To me, this looks like a theatrical prop, one to simulate a phone ringing by activating the switch on the right side of the board. Could also be used for a door bell, school bell or alarm bell. Nothing more than a ringer, a transformer and a switch on this board (and some original wiring) listed as a "Vintage home made telephone on board." I don't think it's UL approved, or would ever be. However, it is unique, and rare and probably worth a few bucks, to someone.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/251360212207
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Re: Not so “RARE” phones, phony items and other such fakery on eBay
« Reply #81 on: October 17, 2013, 07:26:11 PM »
Just had to put this somewhere for posterity  ::) and phony items seemed the best fit, even though the seller just used a bad item descriptor probably for lack of not knowing what this thing is/was/could be.

To me, this looks like a theatrical prop, one to simulate a phone ringing by activating the switch on the right side of the board. Could also be used for a door bell, school bell or alarm bell. Nothing more than a ringer, a transformer and a switch on this board (and some original wiring) listed as a "Vintage home made telephone on board." I don't think it's UL approved, or would ever be. However, it is unique, and rare and probably worth a few bucks, to someone.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/251360212207

I'm kind of tempted to buy it and try it out. But then again, I don't have the room.

And I'm not too fond of burning down our house.

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Re: Not so “RARE” phones, phony items and other such fakery on eBay
« Reply #82 on: October 17, 2013, 07:30:28 PM »
Yeah I was going to ask how far you live from the Fire Department Ben!

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Re: Not so “RARE” phones, phony items and other such fakery on eBay
« Reply #83 on: October 17, 2013, 07:51:32 PM »
Yeah I was going to ask how far you live from the Fire Department Ben!

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Haha, it's like paying to burn down your house.

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Re: Not so “RARE” phones, phony items and other such fakery on eBay
« Reply #84 on: October 17, 2013, 08:02:51 PM »
Oh come on guys!!!  I've plugged in things that have looked WAYYYY jenkier than that before!  It very seldom leads to fireworks.  Occasionally it does though :)

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Re: Not so “RARE” phones, phony items and other such fakery on eBay
« Reply #85 on: October 18, 2013, 07:30:17 PM »
Seller just listed this as a "Westrn Electric Mushroom Rotary Telephone 500 C/D" in a 7 day auction but I don't see the light. Probably an honest mistake by someone who doesn't sell a lot of phones. On closer inspection, seems to be a mid 50's phone refurbed in '69 and left to rust somewhere after that. And, what's up with the network? Has the black cap but looks like a label was pasted on the side. Wasn't it twocvbloke who once thought about getting a rusted phone like this to restore? It's a bit high with an asked starting bid of $195.00 but it comes with FREE SHIPPING.

It didn't sell the first time around at $195 so the seller just re-listed it in a 7 day auction starting at $50 with a reserve, and $11.57 shipping. Still no "mushroom" so either Mr. Helpful didn't message the seller or the seller decided not to do anything about the message. Just saying . . .

http://www.ebay.com/itm/231076669197
« Last Edit: February 19, 2014, 07:29:30 AM by TelePlay »
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Re: Not so “RARE” phones, phony items and other such fakery on eBay
« Reply #86 on: October 18, 2013, 11:56:20 PM »
Still no "mushroom"

No "e" in Western Electric either. Never a good thing to squander in a listing...the "Western Electric" name.

5 feet of wire...25 cents.    5 feet of "Western Electric Wire"...$75.00
1 pound of Solder..$3.95.   1 pound of "Western Electric Solder"....$147.00
1 old speaker......$4.25.     1 old "Western Electric Speaker".....$265.00
1 used Amplifier...$16.00.   1 Used "Western Electric Amplifier" ...$1687.00

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Re: Not so “RARE” phones, phony items and other such fakery on eBay
« Reply #87 on: October 19, 2013, 07:30:39 PM »
Oh come on guys!!!  I've plugged in things that have looked WAYYYY jenkier than that before!  It very seldom leads to fireworks.  Occasionally it does though :)  ---Eric

Eric,

How's this one? Would you try your luck on that button?  ;D

http://www.ebay.com/itm/141067265717

Seller listed it as a "Vintage Primitive Phone bell Working" and then said "I'm selling this Vintage Phone bell , I was told it is a phone bell but I think it can be a home ring bell or maybe a project , It is in working condition , the base it is in it measures 7 1/4" x 5 inches , the bell is 2 1/2" in diameter."

Nothing wrong with the listing but, honestly, would you plug it into the wall? At one point in time, Richard Ebergold did just that, obviously without UL approval.
« Last Edit: October 19, 2013, 07:32:49 PM by TelePlay »
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Re: Not so “RARE” phones, phony items and other such fakery on eBay
« Reply #88 on: January 27, 2014, 06:03:24 PM »
I knoe fake candlesticks have been discussed before but I just came across 2 of them today so I thought it would bring it up for the "new" guys.
Always brass and always with the November 1910 date on the cup.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/291062058095

This one even has a coin box!
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Re: Not so “RARE” phones, phony items and other such fakery on eBay
« Reply #89 on: January 27, 2014, 09:41:54 PM »
OMG! Someone paid $207 for that.

There ought to be a law. :o :o
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