Author Topic: New England Telephone (top box)  (Read 588 times)

Online Gary Z

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New England Telephone (top box)
« on: November 23, 2020, 10:22:22 PM »
It was an online ad that caught my eye. I thought it was an early top box but some of it didn't look right. The hook switch was not a switch at all but just screwed into the side. I have been told that this was before the functional switch hooks. I would like to find out more about this. Is it in fairly original condition? Excluding the receiver, is it complete and what about a transmitter? The latest patent date is 1883. I know Telephony was rapidly changing during that time so was this a short lived model and what model would this be?
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Offline Jack Ryan

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Re: New England Telephone (top box)
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2020, 07:05:45 AM »
The first question is who made it and the second is for whom?

The resolution of the image is too low for me to read the plaque on the front but the arrestor is marked Bell.

If it were made for Bell, it would have a hook switch. Bell controlled patents that were applied for in 1877.

If it wasn't made for Bell, it might have used a non-gravity switch to avoid Bell's patents. What is the thing behind the receiver hook?

Jack

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Re: New England Telephone (top box)
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2020, 10:50:38 AM »
The first question is who made it and the second is for whom?


The second question is answered by the plate on top:  MADE FOR THE AMERICAN BELL TELEPHONE CO.

The plate on front reads:  SOLD BY THE So. NEW ENGLAND TELEPHONE CO. [and probably the city -- New Haven, Conn.?]

The knob behind the hook could control the switch. It would be interesting to see what's behind it inside.
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Re: New England Telephone (top box)
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2020, 11:39:43 AM »
Added is a closer view of the inside wires connected to the switch and a better picture of the front plate

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Re: New England Telephone (top box)
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2020, 01:42:47 PM »
Thanks for the photos Gary.

It looks like turning the knob completes the circuit by rotating the plate inside. Correct?
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Re: New England Telephone (top box)
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2020, 02:00:14 PM »
Yes, correct. To connect or disconnect the circuit.

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Re: New England Telephone (top box)
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2021, 04:19:23 PM »
I hope you bought it!!!  This an early, extremely rare top box from New England Telephone. The lack of a switch most likely indicates that it was some sort of sound-powered arrangement.
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Re: New England Telephone (top box)
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2021, 04:24:39 PM »
I hope you bought it!!!  This an early, extremely rare top box from New England Telephone. The lack of a switch most likely indicates that it was some sort of sound-powered arrangement.
It is a SNET box and a good one....Doug
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