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Is this a battery shelf for a wooden wall telephone?
« on: February 07, 2019, 07:24:15 PM »
Is this a battery shelf for a wooden wall telephone?

It is 6" wide X 3 1/2" deep with a 1 inch lip made of cast iron.
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Re: Is this a battery shelf for a wooden wall telephone?
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2019, 07:29:53 PM »
Doesn't look like it.  Battery trays were typically square so they could accommodate a wet cell battery.  By the time dry cells began to dominate phones with trays were mostly obsolete and single boxers were in style.
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Re: Is this a battery shelf for a wooden wall telephone?
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2019, 12:15:29 AM »
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Looks to me like a very old, plain vintage wall shelf in brass. Cleaned up but keeping its patina it would look quite nice and I would say worth a bit of money.

Looks like metal, are you sure it's wood?

Modern versions are more ornate and some very high priced.

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Re: Is this a battery shelf for a wooden wall telephone?
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2019, 06:02:06 AM »
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Looks to me like a very old, plain vintage wall shelf in brass. Cleaned up but keeping its patina it would look quite nice and I would say worth a bit of money.

Looks like metal, are you sure it's wood?

Modern versions are more ornate and some very high priced.

John

The title is a question and I worded it wrong. I guess I should have asked "Is this a battery shelf for a wooden wall telephone?"

As the old saying goes "A picture is worth a thousand words" and some of the words where in the description as well.

Sorry for the confusion, I had a senior moment.  ::)  I corrected it.   ;)


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Re: Is this a battery shelf for a wooden wall telephone?
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2019, 09:03:34 AM »
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Battery trays were typically square so they could accommodate a wet cell battery.

Canadian Blake battery trays were rounded (see below).  Doug's is not deep enough to accommodate a glass battery though.
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Re: Is this a battery shelf for a wooden wall telephone?
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2019, 10:22:20 AM »
I wasn't sure, as I don't deal with wooden phones.  My thought was if it is one and someone needed it, it is here for the taking.

I found it at a thrift store for 50 cents, so no big loss. It looks neat, so maybe I'll mount it to the wall and display an insulator on it or some other phone related item.

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