Art Deco Western Electric 302 304 antique telephone

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Aug 30, 2009
  • Channel: Auction House
Metal Art Deco Western Electric 304 antique phone telephone Up for auction is a restored metal-bodied Western Electric 302/304 phone. This phone was also nicknamed the "Dreyfuss phone" after its creator, the great art deco designer Henry Dreyfuss and the "Lucy phone" from its many appearances on the "I Love Lucy" show.

Technically, this is the Western Electric 304. Though it looks, rings , dials, transmits and receives just like a regular single-line 302, it had some extra functions (that aren't used any more).

The phone was completely disassembled and every part was cleaned and/or polished. The 5H dial was ultrasonically cleaned, lightly point-oiled and checked for proper return speed. The metro-style (numbers + letters) "Z-operator" porcelain dial plate is good/very good with just some mild wear. The card in the center of the dial is a new and printed on good card stock. The metal body of the phone and the fingerwheel were refinished with a professionally applied satin black powder-coat for durability and to handle the long-term wear of everyday use. The satin black powder coat is a near exact match to the original paint and an upgrade - it's tougher and won't chip in the cradle area from normal usage like the original paint did.

The metal body 302/304 phones were most abundant between the years 1937 to 194

The metal base (bottom plate) is in good, original shape. The feet were recovered with high quality leather. The ringer bells are the "wartime" black painted steel - brass was needed for the war effort during this era. The F1 Bakelite handset was buffed to a high gloss and is equipped with a new brown cloth handset cord. The matching brown cloth line cord is also new and has a modular plug so it is ready to plug 'n play on today's phone jacks. The phone works fine and rings loud and clear with that old-timey sound that only a dual-toned ringer can do.

If you would like to hear the ring of this phone, click - 376 kb (56k'ers may want to save first: right click link-->"save target as").

Many, many hours were spent in the restoration of this phone. It is a functioning piece of nostalgia, a great conversation piece and a real beauty. $200 reserve.

Customer satisfaction: Upon arrival, if you are unhappy with the phone for any reason or it does not meet your expectations, ship it back "as received" within 30 days and I will refund your winning bid 100%.
Warranty: I will support this phone for one year on the phone operating as it should or from parts failure due to natural causes - free parts, labor and shipping both ways for US customers, international pays return shipping. After the first year, any problems and I will still fix it for free only you cover the cost to ship it back to me. I will pay return shipping. Shipping: See the shipping calculator for actual shipping charges for USPS Priority mail (no handling). Canadian fees will be more but will only be the actual fees to get the phone to you. Insurance is optional but the item will be *well* packed. PayPal is preferred. Thanks for looking! :-)

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