This is a superb 1920's Candlestick Telephone, complete with its Bell set, manufactured by the Peel Conner Telephone Works Ltd of Salford, UK. The telephone is fully operational with good speech quality. It has a built in pulse to tone converter which allows 7 numbers speed dial to be stored, last number redial, as well as hash & star. Ready to plug in and use on any telephone line as well as VoIP (internet services). This is a truly a great conversation piece in every sense!
The telephone has minimal restoration. The connecting cord has been replaced with brand new old stock and the receiver cord replaced with a high quality authentic reproduction ensuring many more years of reliable service.
The dial is a No. 10 with enamelled copper backplate, fully serviced and calibrated.
The bell set is housed in a beautifully made walnut case now restored and French polished to a smooth bright finish. The bells ring loud and clear with that nostalgic sound of times long past. A dial card can be supplied with your own number added at no extra cost. The new line connector cord has a special brown cloth covering in keeping with the style. This allows the bell set to be mounted up to 3 metres away from the wall socket.
Although the telephone has undergone minimal restoration it still retains some patina acquired over the course of time. The mouthpiece faceplate has some minor pitting and the perch a couple of small nicks, not surprising after almost 90 years !. There has been no rubbing down of the brass work. The bell receiver is complete with its original Ebonite coating and shows minimal signs of use.
For the technically minded
In order to improve on the original performance and to comply with modern standards, the following modifications have been carried out:
1. Improvement in outgoing speech: the original carbon granule inset transmitter has been replaced with an electronic type providing excellent quality speech.
2. A rectifier element had been added to the receiver in order to remove the loud acoustic "pops" which plagued these early telephones.
3. A resistor has been introduced into the ringing circuit to maintain the correct REN value (REN 1) when other 'phones are being used on the same
4. A “Rotatone” pulse to tone converter is installed in the base of the candlestick pedestal. This permits the telephone to work on modern DTMF lines as well as VoIP internet connections. Last number re-dial, 7 number memory, star and hash are provided. Clear instructions for use are packed with the telephone.
5. A miniature induction coil or ‘network transformer’ has replaced the large heavy coil previously provided in the bell set. This ensures correct performance of the speech circuits.
6. This 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.
Installation of the Telephone
The telephone and bell simply plugs in to your 'phone socket.
The local wiring is according to the original system where the pedestal is connected directly to the bell set (approx 1.5 metres). The modern PSTN line cord (approx 3 metres) is taken from the bell set to the wall socket. Various combinations are possible therefore the purchaser 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.
About the telephone: Virtually identical to the GPO candlestick telephones of this era and introduced around 1924, this Peel Conner model would have been installed in a private telephone network or Government offices. The mouthpiece housing is marked: C 108L. If you would like more information please ask.