Art Deco Western Electric 302 304 antique telephone
- Source: eBay
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... read more