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Offline andrewz

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"Onix Telephone" - Made in Italy
« on: April 20, 2012, 12:01:44 PM »
I purchased this rotary phone at an auction in Indiana. Does anybody know anything about it. Is it real marble or is it a knockoff? It definitely works and it weights about 7 pounds. Any information about this phone will be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Phone I Got At Auction.
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2012, 02:02:52 PM »
They are likely real marble but are just 1970's "Decorator Phones", not knock offs of any real antique phone. We discussed in another thread recently that there is a bit of collectibility with all the decorator type phones now.

Welcome to the Rotary Forum by the way!

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Re: Phone I Got At Auction.
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2012, 02:10:16 PM »
Thank you very much for the information! I greatly appreciate it! How much do you think someone would pay for it?

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Re: Phone I Got At Auction.
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2012, 02:15:15 PM »
Looks like it's had it's gold plating polished right off, that's the problem with plated stuff, people like to polish it, not realising they're taking the rather valuable (in cases of silver and gold plating) plate off!!! :o

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Re: Phone I Got At Auction.
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2012, 04:32:47 PM »
I see. Thank you for the input. I do plan on selling it. What do you think its current value is?

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Re: Phone I Got At Auction.
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2012, 06:09:44 AM »
I wouldn't know what value it is, I'm a buyer who tries to get things as cheap as possible, so can't guess at true values, all I can really say is it's worth as much as whatever the highest bidder pays for it (I noticed you have it on ebay at the moment)... ???

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Re: Phone I Got At Auction.
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2012, 04:32:12 PM »
LOL. I do have it on Ebay at the moment. Would you be an interested buyer at the right price?

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Re: Phone I Got At Auction.
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2012, 04:32:58 PM »
I'm in the wrong country, it'd be too expensive just for shipping alone for me... :D

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Re: Phone I Got At Auction.
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2012, 04:50:11 PM »
I bet these various marble phones could REALLY get SMASHED the way some sellers pack things!

I was surprised to see that various versions of these phones have sold reently as low as $12 and as high as $80. As always, it is just a matter of finding the buyer who just has to have it!

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