Antique Oak Wall Phone
- Source: eBay
This is a very nice early antique wall phone. It is made of quartersawn oak with dovetail corners, a cathedral top and has a picture frame front. Hardware is brass and nickel over brass. Bells ring when the crank is turned. Measures 26 inches long, 8 1/2 inces wide and 5 1/2 inces deep (excluding the depth of the shelf). The transmitter face and name tag on the phone identifys it as made by the North Electric Company out of Cleveland Ohio. Research indicates this company was founded in 1886 and this appears to be a rare and earlier phone as it has external attachments on the outside of the phone for the receiver wires, which was indicitive of earlier phones. The company changed its name to North Electric Manufacturing Company in the early 1900's.Lower 48 states only.