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Find of the month March 2022

Started by Jim Stettler, March 02, 2022, 09:37:37 PM

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 Find of the Month - March 2022  *** Vote for Two***

compubit's WE 712BW Princess Imperial                                        $97.45 total                 eBay
3 (15.8%)
SUnset2's Automatic Electric 1A Monophone in Old Ivory Color.        $265 total                   eBay
9 (47.4%)
MMikeJBenN27's ivory North desk set                                             $406.50 total              eBay
3 (15.8%)
 countryman's  nickel  French Grammont Modèle 1918 candlestick  ~ $62 US total              eBay
11 (57.9%)
 poplar1's Sumter wood wall phone                                                 $133.27 total             eBay
6 (31.6%)

Total Members Voted: 19

Voting closed: April 08, 2022, 06:39:01 PM

Jim Stettler

Please review the overview for FOTM before nominating a phone'.
This helps keep the contest fair and consistent for everyone.


Post your "Find of the Month" here.

A "Find of the Month" is a telephone or a related item that you acquired during the month that you are particularly excited about either because of its rarity, the difficulty you had in trying to find it for your collection or the exceptional "deal" that you got on it. Other than that, any discussion of or comments about the nominated phone are not allowed, FOTM nominations only. As stated below, "Ideally your item would be (first) posted in its own thread elsewhere on the forum" and if so, "the forum link if discussed in another topic" is to be included in the nomination reply.

If a significant discussion of a nominated phone starts in a FOTM topic, it will be moved to a new "discussion" topic in the appropriate board and if not, then simply removed.

The "Find of the Month" contest is focused on the collection of telephones rather than on their sale for a profit. To be eligible for the "Find of the Month" contest:

- The finder must have personally acquired and actually own the item.
- The item can be acquired for free but it can not be a gift or present from anyone.
- The item (or any of its components) cannot be put up for sale during the contest period.
- Only one "Find" per owner can be in a "Find of the Month" contest.

A Nomination Should Include:

1) where and/or how the item was found.
2) the price & shipping cost.
3) the forum link to the topic discussing the find.
4) the eBay link if won there.
5) other information of importance about the find (why the item is very important to you for any reason).
6) and one or two pictures of the item.

Ideally your item would be posted in its own thread elsewhere on the forum such as "Auction Talk", "Flea Market/Yard Sale Finds" or "Collectors Corner" Board. Then you or anyone else can nominate your "Find" to the Current "Find of the Month" thread by posting at least one picture and other details including the price paid, any shipping costs and a link to the original discussion on the forum. It is not a requirement that your find be posted elsewhere on the forum but the more details the better.

Nominations of phones listed in other forum discussion topics, by members that do not own the item but realize it is indeed a "find" worthy of being nominated as a "Find of the Month" candidate, are always welcome.

Please pick your best "Find" to submit for the month limiting your entry to one phone or one "Find" that might include limited multiple items. If you have already entered for the month and come up with something even better either submit your new find indicating that it replaces your previous entry OR you can enter your new Find in next months contest.

To check out a list of all past winners including the Find of the YEAR winners, click here:

          --> Winner's List <--

TelePlay has grabbed pictures of all of the "Find of the Month" winners since we started this back in 2010 and he has put them into albums on forum. Thanks John.  To check them out, click here:

          --> Photo Album <--

Jim S.
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.


Since I haven't purchased much in the way of phones of late, I'm going to nominate my 712BW Imperial purchased on eBay

Cost: $85 (BIN) + $12.45 (shipping)

Forum Link:

I know there will be other cool phone this months, but as has been said elsewhere in the forum "You can't win, if you don't play!"

A phone phanatic since I was less than 2 (thanks to Fisher Price); collector since a teenager; now able to afford to play!
Favorite Phone: Western Electric Trimline - it just feels right holding it up to my face!


I'll put up my Automatic Electric 1A Monophone in Old Ivory Color.
Bought for $235 on a buy-it-now, with $30 shipping.
A new Ebay seller with no feedback as a seller.  I was a little leery, but decided to take the plunge.

It looks to be 100% original, with no obvious damage.

Not dirt cheap, but a rare phone that will have a place of pride in my collection.



I would like to nominate my ivory North desk set.  It cost $385.00, and $21.50 for shipping.  I grabbed this because color North phones are super rare, and I like the way it looks, and I also like the way it uses some Western Electric parts.  Here are some pictures of it.  I replaced those brown cords with correct ivory ones, and the frequency ringer with a straight-line ringer.  It works perfectly.

Mike Benardo
Vallejo, Cal.


I'd like to suggest my French Grammont Modèle 1918 candlestick in nickel for your consideration please.
I won it on eBay for the starting price of 50 € + 6,50 shipping, ~ 62 $ US altogehter.
Link to the thread:


I have been wanting a Sumter phone for some time, since it was one of only a few manufacturers in the southern U.S.
This one is as removed from the wall of the seller's great-grandfather. It was a gift to him from his grandmother.

Cost $89 + shipping and tax for a total of $133.27.

Mets-en, c'est pas de l'onguent!

"C'est pas une restauration, c'est une rénovation."--François Martin.

Jim Stettler

The March 2022 Find of the Month Poll is now open

Vote for up to 2

This is a 5 day poll
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.

Jim Stettler

The winning phone for March 2022 is

countryman's  nickel  French Grammont Modèle 1918 candlestick  for abourt  $62 US total  on eBay

You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.


Thank you very much for your votes.
My phone and me are very proud!
I'll keep the restoration thread updated.