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Re: PTT 24 French Desk Set with Larger AE Style Dial
« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2018, 08:33:17 AM »
Here is one on eBay that needs Jeff's handiwork..... badly. Wrong handset and a really high price....Doug



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Re: PTT 24 French Desk Set with Larger AE Style Dial
« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2018, 02:22:59 PM »
Yikes. At that price I wouldn't have to sell many to holiday in the states twice a year, and I'd still have enough money left over to fill a suitcase with Bakelite goodies (and of course, Twinkies to pad them out).  ;)

Just out of interest, what would one of these usually sell for?
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Re: PTT 24 French Desk Set with Larger AE Style Dial
« Reply #17 on: June 23, 2018, 03:17:48 PM »
I was surprised to find not only one, but "two" of these sets on Old Phone Works web site (both out of stock though). (1) https://www.oldphoneworks.com/french-cradle-telephone-mother-in-law-receiver-chrome.html
And (2) https://www.oldphoneworks.com/french-cradle-telephone-mother-in-law-receiver.html

On another point of interest on these sets with the A.E. type dials, the actual size of the dial and finger wheel is slightly different than that found here in North America.   The dials were, I was told, made under license from Automatic Electric, but they made them slightly bigger, or smaller, I can't remember which, and I have no idea why.

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Re: PTT 24 French Desk Set with Larger AE Style Dial
« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2018, 05:37:04 AM »
I must be missing something. I wonder why the phone with the wrong (French, but later) dial has the higher price.

I've already decided, I'm getting myself another of these. Although the same design, I see them with small changes in detail (this is a phone I don't find too difficult to source). So I can keep to my rule of 'no two phones the same'.

Yesterday I was lucky enough to find a really nice display cabinet. A huge sheet of mirrored glass to the rear, glass front and sides, and glass shelves. This style of phone with the nice listener to the rear will display well in there. I really do like this design.  :)

*The extra listener was added to the design of phones in France because the quality on rural lines was poor. The way to use the device was to hold the handset to the ear as normal, and with your free hand hold the additional listening piece to the other ear. This helped improve the quality of what was being heard on the line. Over the years the phones changed design, but the rear earpiece stayed. Many 'old' lines were still in use.
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Re: PTT 24 French Desk Set with Larger AE Style Dial
« Reply #19 on: May 13, 2021, 02:19:36 PM »
It’s back. This time ‘restored’, unfortunately still with incorrect handset, and the price has gone up.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/173376302277
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Re: PTT 24 French Desk Set with Larger AE Style Dial
« Reply #20 on: May 13, 2021, 07:37:45 PM »
That handset looks like the one that some of the Western Electric A1 cradle phones had.

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Re: PTT 24 French Desk Set with Larger AE Style Dial
« Reply #21 on: May 14, 2021, 03:26:16 AM »
How much!!! :o
I've got a couple of these and neither cost me more than about Ł50 ($60), the nickel dial one one only a couple of year's ago.
Appreciate they are rarer in the USA but even that doesn't add another $700 - and the handset is wrong!

As an aside note the different cradle designs - left phone one piece, right phone two piece. There's also a smooth curved design available but I don't have one of those yet.
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Re: PTT 24 French Desk Set with Larger AE Style Dial
« Reply #22 on: May 14, 2021, 04:07:57 AM »
Great phones tubaman, good to see.  :)

That handset looks like the one that some of the Western Electric A1 cradle phones had.

That later handset, although nice, just doesn’t look good on these phones. It belongs on a U43.
Photos on this thread:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=22883

Here are three of mine, showing three cradle variations.
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Re: PTT 24 French Desk Set with Larger AE Style Dial
« Reply #23 on: May 14, 2021, 06:07:13 AM »
...
Here are three of mine, showing three cradle variations.

One of them is naked! :o
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Re: PTT 24 French Desk Set with Larger AE Style Dial
« Reply #24 on: May 14, 2021, 06:49:03 AM »

Appreciate they are rarer in the USA but even that doesn't add another $700 - and the handset is wrong!

The fact that it obviously never sells might have do do with the price idea  8)

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Re: PTT 24 French Desk Set with Larger AE Style Dial
« Reply #25 on: May 14, 2021, 01:37:17 PM »
One of them is naked! :o
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This was the suitably scruffy phone I searched for to strip down and turn into a ‘shiny’:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=21102

Before and after images.
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Re: PTT 24 French Desk Set with Larger AE Style Dial
« Reply #26 on: May 14, 2021, 01:47:56 PM »
Wow that's pretty. Nicely done.

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Re: PTT 24 French Desk Set with Larger AE Style Dial
« Reply #27 on: May 14, 2021, 02:56:00 PM »
CJ...I second Scott....that is an eye catcher!....Doug
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Re: PTT 24 French Desk Set with Larger AE Style Dial
« Reply #28 on: May 14, 2021, 04:37:13 PM »
WOW :o Quite a transformation! Nice work CJ. This belongs in the Notable Refurbs topic.
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Re: PTT 24 French Desk Set with Larger AE Style Dial
« Reply #29 on: May 17, 2021, 01:34:23 PM »
How did you get the handset to shine so well??