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Offline Sargeguy

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Examples of Reproduction Wall Phones
« on: November 19, 2012, 06:27:56 PM »
I've started this thread to provide examples of fake or reproduction wooden wall phones.
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Re: Examples of Reproduction Wall Phones
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2012, 06:44:48 PM »
Two reproductions on eBay, I believe these are by PHONECO:



://www.ebay.com/itm/121023943257



http://www.ebay.com/itm/160921595472

What to look out for:
-These reproductions have a tag, usually above the bells, that says "Bell Telephone Company" in Hawthorn script.  Real examples have WESTERN ELECTRIC COMPANY CHICAGO NEW YORK or similar on the decal, which is located towards the bottom of the cover ringer box.
-Spacers separating the box from the backboard
-Cloverleaf shaped foot for the transmitter bracket
-Odd hanger above the transmitter arm
-hook holding the battery box closed.  Real ones open from the top or are removed altogether to change the batteries.
-Modern magneto
-Transmitter with no tag
-Non-WE transmitter
-The ridge on the writing shelf is a separate piece
« Last Edit: November 19, 2012, 06:53:56 PM by Sargeguy »
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Re: Examples of Reproduction Wall Phones
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2012, 06:56:57 PM »
Here is a discussion of a TYPE 85 which can best be described as a "problematic restoration" ::)

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=7916.0
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Re: Examples of Reproduction Wall Phones
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2012, 08:59:56 PM »
Great post.  I was actually watching the first one.  I knew the receiver wasn't right, but i thought it might be a GPO.  Nice to know it's a Phoneco before I bought it.  I can usually tell a repro candlestick a mile away, but the wood phones are a little harder to identify.
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Re: Examples of Reproduction Wall Phones
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2012, 09:23:40 PM »
No wires going to the "battery box" below the writing shelf.

Even at phone shows I have seen other wooden phones that have  a magneto subset as the only old parts. New backboard, new shelf, repro transmitters, etc. They often have no wires--or routed out slots for the wires--on the  back of the phone.
"C'est pas une restauration, c'est une rénovation."--François Martin.

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Re: Examples of Reproduction Wall Phones
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2012, 09:57:08 PM »
At least these have old but modified Bell Telephone Mfg (belgium)wood. These cabinets had a handset with a bakelite cradle on the top box.The seperate rec and tx arm were added


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Re: Examples of Reproduction Wall Phones
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2013, 01:33:20 AM »
OK, what about this:
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Re: Examples of Reproduction Wall Phones
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2013, 06:48:09 AM »
OK, what about this:

Handy for when you can't possibly lift your arm to look at your watch I suppose... :D

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Re: Examples of Reproduction Wall Phones
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2013, 07:47:36 AM »
OK, what about this:

Flogging and hanging offence, that one.

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Re: Examples of Reproduction Wall Phones
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2013, 08:31:52 AM »
Here's another of similar ilk

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/150990818115

including the 'origina' handset.


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Re: Examples of Reproduction Wall Phones
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2013, 06:57:31 PM »


http://www.ebay.com/itm/300857569000

Another fine example of the PHONECO reproduction wood wall phone.  It has the characteristic Belgian footed ringer box, brassed out and reproduction parts.  It also has one bidder.
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Re: Examples of Reproduction Wall Phones
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2013, 07:08:51 PM »
« Last Edit: March 16, 2013, 07:11:16 PM by Sargeguy »
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Re: Examples of Reproduction Wall Phones
« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2013, 07:12:30 PM »
This one has a real WE top box, but that's about it.  Everything else is either repro or wrong
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