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Offline Sargeguy

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Western Electric?
« on: April 08, 2013, 01:30:11 PM »
One thing that annoys me as I surf eBay is "Western Electric?" used indiscriminately to describe any old hamster coffin someone digs out of the barn.  It is as if the seller thinks the question mark obsolves them of mis-representing an item.  My favorite is the ones that are clearly marked "Stromberg-Carlson" and such.  Let's start a friendly competition to see who can come up with the best example of a wooden telephone or parts that are the most egregious examples of the phenomenon.  Once we have enough candidates we'll vote on them.  
« Last Edit: April 24, 2013, 09:45:17 PM by Sargeguy »
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Re: Not a Western Electric
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2013, 01:31:41 PM »
Vintage Wooden Telephone Phone Wall Home Western Electric? 1900s Box Antique

Verdict:  Not a Western Electric
« Last Edit: April 24, 2013, 09:39:14 PM by Sargeguy »
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Re: Western Electric?
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2013, 01:34:31 PM »
WORKING VINTAGE TELEPHONE RINGER OAK BOX WESTERN ELECTRIC KELLOGGS?

VERDICT:  Not Western Electric
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Re: Western Electric?
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2013, 01:37:27 PM »
Vintage Old Western Electric Wood Wall Telephone Arm Piece Orig Used Transmitter

VERDICT: 1/2 credit, the transmitter is WE
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Re: Western Electric?
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2013, 01:39:52 PM »
Vintage Telephone Wood Ringer Bell Box - Unmarked. Probably Western Electric

VERDICT:  Not Western Electric
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Re: Western Electric?
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2013, 01:47:00 PM »
Vtg Western Electric? Oak Bell Ringer Box- WOODEN OAK BOX ONLY NEEDS WORK!

VERDICT:  Needs work indeed.  Still not a Western Electric.

NOMINEE #1 for the contest
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Re: Western Electric?
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2013, 01:51:19 PM »
Antique Oak Crank Ringer Box Western Electric Kelloggs?

Verdict:  Not a Western Electric
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Re: Western Electric?
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2013, 02:57:50 PM »
Is the picture in reply #3 of a Dean arm?
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Re: Western Electric?
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2013, 03:31:30 PM »
Hard to tell from that angle, looks a little too oval.  I think I have one of these somewhere and it is not a Dean.
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Re: Western Electric?
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2013, 10:53:31 AM »
There's worse things being called "Western Electric", I think this one is a bit too obvious though... :D

Titled:
"Multi-function Western Electric GBD-6008 Art Deco Antique Craft Clock Telephone"

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Re: Western Electric?
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2013, 03:16:28 PM »
I moved the fake wall phones to "Examples of Reproduction Wall Phones" which covers true fakes.   I started this thread to illustrate another pitfall of buying wood phones on eBay: sellers labeling everything "Western Electric" no matter who made it.  I have also started nominating examples, feel free to nominate others.
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Re: Western Electric?
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2013, 03:34:29 PM »
The phrase I always thought was funny is "Candlestick Wallphone".
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Re: Western Electric?
« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2013, 05:35:13 PM »
"Old Oak Western Electric Hand Cranked Telephone Ringer Box"

http://www.ebay.com/itm/360633060140

(Maybe the seller should be cut some slack because it does have a WE condenser.)

This worm zapper actually sold for almost $90

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Re: Western Electric?
« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2013, 05:42:28 PM »
Give him a 1/2 point.
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Re: Western Electric?
« Reply #14 on: April 09, 2013, 08:07:55 PM »
Give him a 1/2 point.

Out of 100?    :)

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