Unique antique phone/lamp! Hello, hello, operator! Thatâe(tm)s how this phone was originally used âe¦ by calling the operator, giving her the number you wanted to call, and she would connect you âe¦ and maybe listen in on your conversation as well! This is part of an estate sale that offers several valuable items. This item appears to be an old phone that was made into a lamp! Iâe(tm)m not an expert on old phones, but it appears that this could have been a working phone at one time. The wiring is the old cloth-wrapped wiring. The main flaw is that the screw-on ring for the ear piece is broken and t is a small chip on the mouth piece. Lift the ear piece to turn it on. Although a lamp shade is included in some pictures, you are bidding on just the lamp, without the shade.Made by Western Electric with the first patent date stamped on it as Aug. 16, 1904 . The main part (stand) of the phone is brass. Because it has such old wiring I havenâe(tm)t tried to use the lamp. It would be best if the wiring is replaced if the winner of this neat old relic wishes to keep using it as a lamp. Check my other listings frequently for additional items and other antiques and collectibles that will be added on a regular basis. I am not an expert on items of this type so please email me with any specific questions before bidding. I am offering this item with no reserve. PLEASE DO NOT BID IF YOU CANNOT SEND PAYMENT WITHIN 4 DAYS OF THE AUCTION ENDING. I accept cashiers checks and money orders, but prefer Paypal. Please set up your Paypal account before you bid in case it takes several days to clear. NOTICE!! The shipping cost will be in addition to the price for the item and will be determined by your zip code and the preference you have for shipping method. The shipping cost that shows in the listing information is only an estimate of what shipping could cost. Your actual cost could be more or it could be less, depending on w you live. Buyer to pay $5.00 handling fee plus actual USPS shipping costs. I will charge only one handling fee for multiple purchases that can be shipped at one time, in the same carton, and combine shipping costs when possible to save you money. This is a valuable item but I will pack to provide maximum protection. I recommend that the winning bidder pay the extra amount and insure the item. Item is sold as-is, no returns. Thanks for looking, many thanks for bidding!