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Offline Sargeguy

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Re: Western Electric Transmitter Numbers
« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2013, 09:49:58 AM »
Here is a picture of the back of the transmitter:



Dennis, as you can see it was nickeled originally.  

I have only ever seen these on the Western Electric #5 arm.  One in my possession and a few in photos and eBay auctions.  This is not the only type used on a #5 arm.  I have also seen *250* and 259w.  I think beveled edge transmitters were early 1890s, while the two-boxers the WESTERN ELECTRIC COMPANY transmitter came on were late 1890s.  Beveled transmitters can be found with *229* and *7-digit* (and A.B.T. Co.) designations.  Later transmitters can be found with the *229* and *7-digit*, so these designations were contemporary, not successive.  
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Re: Western Electric Transmitter Numbers
« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2013, 11:13:30 AM »
Since 250 is the code number for the transmitter + arm used on a 1317, if you find a 250 on a #5 arm it must be a later replacement.
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Re: Western Electric Transmitter Numbers
« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2013, 11:33:48 AM »
I think the #10 and the #5 were available at the same time as the #10 was phased in.  I'm sure the older phones would have been available at a discount.  Maybe these were issued with 250s.
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Re: Western Electric Transmitter Numbers
« Reply #18 on: February 10, 2013, 11:46:56 AM »
I think the #10 and the #5 were available at the same time as the #10 was phased in.  I'm sure the older phones would have been available at a discount.  Maybe these were issued with 250s.

Actually the 1906 catalog seems to have all  #10 arms, even the ones with binding posts on the ringer boxes.
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Re: Western Electric Transmitter Numbers
« Reply #19 on: November 25, 2013, 07:50:51 AM »
Here's one i haven't seen before.  Marked ABTCo - american bell telephone co?
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Re: Western Electric Transmitter Numbers
« Reply #20 on: November 25, 2013, 11:40:24 AM »
That one is listed above under early transmitter types but I do not have a decent picture of one yet.  Those are pretty rare, I have only seen half a dozen or so appear on eBay over the years and they always command a premium, about $200 or more.
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Re: Western Electric Transmitter Numbers
« Reply #21 on: November 25, 2013, 02:20:21 PM »
I will be able to take a better picture when it arrives!  Since wds has never seen one I thought it was my obligation as moderator to purchase the phone in question off eBay and photograph the transmitter tag for his benefit.  Don't say I never did anything for you wds!
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Re: Western Electric Transmitter Numbers
« Reply #22 on: December 28, 2013, 08:19:05 PM »
Thank you Sargeguy. I was doing some research on a particular transmitter, and your listing in the start of this post saved me from having to wade through several WeCo catalogs.

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Re: Western Electric Transmitter Numbers
« Reply #23 on: December 31, 2013, 11:32:10 PM »
Glad to be of service, I hope the info was correct.
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Re: Western Electric Transmitter Numbers
« Reply #24 on: January 01, 2014, 04:46:42 PM »
Here is a close up of the tag in question:
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Re: Western Electric Transmitter Numbers
« Reply #25 on: October 05, 2014, 07:00:27 PM »
No. 242--"Common Battery Bracket Set Transmitter" as used on early Type 85 "fiddleback" wall sets c. 1898-1903.

Mountjoy's book says 513,000 242s were produced between 1894 and 1905, but most were apparently replaced with later types such as the #250s.

100 Years of Bell Telephones, by Richard Mountjoy, pp. 82-85
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Re: Western Electric Transmitter Numbers
« Reply #26 on: October 06, 2014, 11:05:24 AM »
Here's a couple more to add to the list: 1) first a 6 digit beveled transmitter as seen on a speaking tube telephone. 2) a "Property of the Bell Telephone Co. of Canada" 5 digit beveled transmitter.
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Re: Western Electric Transmitter Numbers
« Reply #27 on: January 24, 2015, 06:30:55 PM »
Here is the "349 BW" attached to my WE 317 AD Railroad phone with a "PUSH TO TALK RELEASE TO LISTEN" button between the transmitter and the bells.

EDIT:  sorry, just noticed this section is for candle stick transmitters. Moderators move/delete as necessary. :P
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Re: Western Electric Transmitter Numbers
« Reply #28 on: June 10, 2015, 12:03:13 PM »
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Beveled transmitters can be found with *229* and *7-digit* (and A.B.T. Co.) designations.
Here is a "WESTERN ELECTRIC COMPANY" beveled transmitter - this was found attached to a ordinary WE 20AH candlestick I purchased on ebay.
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Re: Western Electric Transmitter Numbers
« Reply #29 on: June 10, 2015, 03:31:30 PM »
Nice!  Despite what some may say, these "WESTERN ELECTRIC COMPANY" transmitters are early.  If you don't mind me asking, how much did you pay?
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