Original General Post Office bakelite 200 series telephone. The 'pyramid' telephone itself contained no bell so would not ring on its own. A separate bellset was required and often attached to the wall or directly to the telephone. This example is comprised of a No.232 telephone instrument and No.26 bellset. The telephone has been mounted on the bellset to form a 'combined unit/set'. It has a 1936 dated handset, original cotton braided cord, chromed rotary No.12 alphanumeric dial and is also fitted with the original 'cheese-tray' pull-put drawer that could be used to store frequently used numbers. Overall condition is very good although there is a hairline crack on the left side of the telephone. As usual there is some variation in the overall patina of the bakelite but it has relatively little fading and displays very well. It has been cleaned and converted for modern use and is in full working order with a delightful classic ring. It should be noted that the quality of both speaker and microphone are not on a par with modern telephones and the paper dial label (King's Lynn 2164) is a copy taken from one of our originals. A truly iconic telephone as seen in many period photographs, and as used on wartime RAF based and in the Cabinet War Rooms in London etc. Stock code M232-1.
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