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Offline axil

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GEC England find....Not sure what they called it???
« on: October 19, 2012, 11:29:44 PM »
I picked this up at a garage sale last weekend and my research has come up empty as to what this old phone was called.
It's bakelite, made by GEC in England.
I figured switchboard/receptionist or console would find me something to compare it with but so far no luck.
Has 2 rows of transfer buttons (20 total)
I'm sure someone here will know the scoop on this.




Offline twocvbloke

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Re: GEC England find....Not sure what they called it???
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2012, 12:33:52 AM »
It's a part of the GEC intercommunication telephone system:

http://www.britishtelephones.com/gec/tel1d.htm

According to the info there, it's a 20-Line substation... :)

Offline axil

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Re: GEC England find....Not sure what they called it???
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2012, 01:13:30 AM »
thx  :) I never thought substation....I guess there's not too many of these around.

Offline Owain

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Re: GEC England find....Not sure what they called it???
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2012, 07:15:24 AM »
probably more likely to be for this system
http://www.britishtelephones.com/gec/tel7d.htm
but easy to tell if it has lamps or not.

fairly common - they do come up occasionally on ebay, and my local museum has one that was used in a local department store.

See also

http://www.vintage-radio.net/forum/showthread.php?t=59588

Offline axil

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Re: GEC England find....Not sure what they called it???
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2012, 11:27:01 AM »
thx...yup its' the IT 3103 cuz the cradle is the same and the handset will sit either way.
I found one on ebay although not as good condition as mine went for $23.


http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Vintage-1955-Bakelite-telephone-GEC-IT3103-I-think-push-button-internal-GREAT-/251158559835?pt=UK_Collectables_RadioTelevision_Telephony_SM&hash=item3a7a377c5b


I might just list in my store and/or list it on ebay($1 NR) and sell it untested.

Offline Owain

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Re: GEC England find....Not sure what they called it???
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2012, 02:05:26 PM »
or you could buy a 2nd one and wire them up together.