Author Topic: Another early 500 -1951 unmolested  (Read 847 times)

Offline cchaven

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Another early 500 -1951 unmolested
« on: June 03, 2013, 03:49:16 PM »
Last week i saw an auction pop up for a 1951 WE 500.  Other than the metal fingerwheel, straight cord and slightly different view on the bottom, nothing could be gotten from the pictures posted.  No internal shots.  I've been wanting an early 500, so I took a chance...a $39 buy-it-now.  I got it today and I'm thrilled...I was hoping that it would be largely untouched...and what I got was a 500 with all internal dates of 6/51, and the handset, caps, and capsules dated 5/51.  It has a 425A network, C2A ringer and 7A dial, all dated 6/51.  I can't read any stampings on the crimp ends of the cords.

The only issues with the phone are that 1) the clapper assembly is missing from the ringer.  This I find a bit odd considering how untouched the rest of the phone is, and 2) whoever took it out of service cut the line cord, and not too cleanly.  It's not quite 5 feet long.  The 6/51 date is clear on the base near the ringer adjustment, but it looks like whatever model was there was painted over with a small dab of paint that only covers that.

It needs quite a bit of cleaning, but otherwise I'm thrilled with it.


Offline Tom B

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Re: Another early 500 -1951 unmolested
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2013, 04:03:36 PM »
Great find at a great price. I love it when one of these comes up when they are untouched. I have a 4/51 which came with a curly cord which I swapped for a straight cord, otherwise all 1951

Offline HarrySmith

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Re: Another early 500 -1951 unmolested
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2013, 04:46:10 PM »
Nice ;D
I constantly check eBay for those! Don't know how I missed that one!
Harry Smith
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Offline AE40FAN

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Re: Another early 500 -1951 unmolested
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2013, 06:15:18 PM »
I saw that phone.  Congrats cchaven!

Offline cchaven

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Re: Another early 500 -1951 unmolested
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2013, 09:14:41 PM »
I saw the phone just after it got listed...but didnt grab it immediately.  I really closely examined what pictures were posted and saw that there were 8 or 9 watchers and decided I'd give it a go.  It looks like it's probably a 500T or 500K since it doesn't have the equalizer, but the terminal block.  It'll take quite a bit of cleaming...and did I ever get  hit in the face by the tenite 'cheese' smell when I first opened it up.  Also looks like someone scaped a sticker off the right side just in front of the handset cord.  But I think it'll clean up nicely.  Before this my oldest 500 was a '54..and it didn't have ALL the matching dates like this one does.

I'm very happy with it...