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Offline Grumpy99705

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What the heck is this??
« on: January 26, 2012, 02:39:49 PM »
I appeal to everyone out there that is smarter than I on these matters.
Which is pretty much everyone on this forum.
I saw this on ebay this morning (alaska time) and it made my head hurt the longer I looked at it.
A Kellogg candlestick connected to what I think started life as a WE634 subset.
But.. they installed a mid 60's dial and have what  to me looks like an actuator to engage the internally mounted hook switch, rather than the hook switch on the phone.
unfortunately the govt network I am on won't allow me to post pictures or insert a link
It's listed as: Antique Kellogg candlestick phone & Western Electric ringer box.
Item number: 380405580456
My question(s) is; Am I seeing this right?
This, for me, begs the question: Why?
Granted, I am new to collecting, but I've never seen anything like this.

Offline Russ Kirk

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Re: What the heck is this??
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2012, 03:49:38 PM »
Here are 2 of of the ebay photos

My guess as to why; Because someone that is a bit handy and NOT a collector wanted to make a buck. 

At lease he did not ruin the candlestick also.

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« Last Edit: January 26, 2012, 03:54:02 PM by Russ Kirk »
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Re: What the heck is this??
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2012, 04:03:41 PM »
What a tragic waste of a good subset. 

Larry

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Re: What the heck is this??
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2012, 04:12:48 PM »
I think you could call that a frankenphone's monster creation... :o

Offline Grumpy99705

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Re: What the heck is this??
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2012, 05:48:47 PM »
So... what would the second set of wires with the alligator clips be used for?

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Re: What the heck is this??
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2012, 06:45:13 PM »
So... what would the second set of wires with the alligator clips be used for?

Ringing voltage across the eyebrows? ???

Offline bwanna

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Re: What the heck is this??
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2012, 08:20:02 PM »
frakenphone indeed   :o
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Re: What the heck is this??
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2012, 10:11:28 PM »
Ignoring the total blasphemy of it all, I think Dr. Frankenphone did a pretty decent job of the modification.  Maybe the extra set of wires is for a DC source to actuate the solenoid.  Can't tell without seeing the wiring details, but with the network, he would need the model 500 style hookswitch to be entirely compatible, but it seems like the clunk of the solenoid would drive anyone crazy.


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Re: What the heck is this??
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2012, 11:03:14 PM »

More spare time than class or sense.   I think this is what the phrase "knowing just enough to be dangerous" means. 

Put this one up on the shelf with all the Victorian oil lamps some dolt has electrified with a drill and the antique radios that are gutted to make cheesy bars for cheap liquor and candlestick lamps with the plastic wrap still on the shade.

Pity.

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Re: What the heck is this??
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2012, 12:27:04 AM »
Well, at least it's still a good candlestick . . . plus parts.

And, yes, it was a good subset.  :-\
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Offline Grumpy99705

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Re: What the heck is this??
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2012, 06:18:23 PM »
the scary thing is; after 18 bids, it went for $132.00

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Re: What the heck is this??
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2012, 04:25:18 AM »
Ignoring the total blasphemy of it all, I think Dr. Frankenphone did a pretty decent job of the modification.  Maybe the extra set of wires is for a DC source to actuate the solenoid.  Can't tell without seeing the wiring details, but with the network, he would need the model 500 style hookswitch to be entirely compatible, but it seems like the clunk of the solenoid would drive anyone crazy.

I could have made this myselves, when I was 15.  A creative fantasy, limited experience, and just having those parts, and no money. :)

With that subset closed It did what the old magneto subsets did. Ir rang, it solved the need of an induction coil, and it contained what you needed to place a call, (Dial instead of a magneto)
The drawback was the network, not suitable for a subset, because you couldn't break the dial tone.
The first idea was the solenoid, that's where it ended.  :-\

The price??
Some has the the money and want to pay. Lucky seller!

dsk

I have even got a regular New York number :-) 646 570 1796