A very handsome & unusual candlestick telephone which was used on a private telephone system during the late 20’s and 30’s. Found in North Yorkshire a few years ago preserved in a remarkable condition. A rare variation on the standard BPO/GPO issue, this model should be of special interest to collectors of early telephones. The overall condition is fantastic and has proven to quite an eye catcher since I’ve owned it. An inscription on the neck of the telephone reads: Manufactured by Peel Conner Telephone Works Salford, England. (see picture) Peel Conner (later under GEC) also supplied the BPO (later GPO) with candlestick or pedestal telephones. These differed in appearance having a shallower base with the dial sitting in a lower position. The Peel Conner dial is raised up from the base, making dialling out seem easier. The BPO (no 1) version of the transmitter housing at the top of the telephone is also narrower from front to back.
All parts are original including
Original detachable Ebonite trumpet mouthpiece.
An early Number 24 dial made by ATM of Liverpool.
Original cloth covered instrument wiring loom, receiver cord and line cord.
Original dial number card
Both the original woven cloth cords are in lovely condition. The instrument cord being almost 4 metres long giving the phone some mobility. The polished hardwood bell-set is the type 1a used by the GPO as an extension bell. The proper induction coil has been added to enable correct overall performance of the telephone. The hardwood casing has been restored and french polished. The gongs and external metalwork are original bright black oxide and in superb condition. If you are looking for a genuine original British Candlestick Telephone, in top museum condition, fully restored and in good working order, look no further. This telephone is fully operational and ready to simply "plug in and go", but be careful, you may not be able to leave it alone! Truly a great conversation piece in every sense! The new line connector cord has a special brown cloth covering in keeping with the period. This allows the bell set to be mounted up to 3 metres away from the wall socket.
All parts are in lovely condition considering the age of the telephone. There is no exposed or “rubbed down” brass work, not seen on British candlestick telephones. Some parts have been professionally restored by chemical oxidisation to the original specification. The bell receiver is complete with its original Ebonite coating which shows minimal signs of wear. You will however find some evidence of age and wear which gives character to this special telephone.
In order to improve upon the original performance and to comply with modern standards, the following modifications have been carried out:
1. Improvement in outgoing speech: the original hard back carbon transmitter has been replaced with an electronic type providing good quality outgoing speech. The original element can be supplied with the ‘phone if requested.
2. A rectifier element has been added to the receiver in order to remove the loud acoustic "pops" which plagued these early telephones.
3. A resistor has been added to the ringing circuit in order maintain the correct REN value when other 'phones are being used on the same
4. The telephone has been thoroughly tested with up to date calibrated test equipment. This ensures that the dial speed and timing are set correctly and the instrument complies with current BT and Cable Network requirements.
The telephone & bell simply plugs into any of your 'phone sockets on a single plug.
The wiring is in accordance with the original type where the pedestal was connected directly to the bell set via its cloth cord. The modern PSTN brown cloth covered line cord (approx 3 metres) is taken from the bell set to the wall socket. Various combinations are possible therefore the winning bidder may request another arrangement to suit their location. In most cases this carries no extra charge. Accompanying the telephone will be information on how to look after and get the most from it.
The pedestal telephone, introduced in 1924 along with a wall mounted version, became the first standard Post Office models. As most subscribers were then on manual exchanges, the dial was omitted and a blank number disc fitted instead. The model you are looking at is the rarer early type introduced from America having a daffodil or trumpet shaped detachable mouthpiece. Some of these were later recycled and ended up having a Bakelite mouthpiece and a new improved transmitter. Also known as the “pillar telephone” the later models were still found in service up until the 1950’s.