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LME Skeleton AC110 

"5 Terminal"

With all of the important characteristics of the earliest "Skeleton" 5 terminal - exceptional cords and a very good rosette

 

Type AC 110

 

How to/not to Carry 

a Skeleton / Eiffel Tower

LM Ericsson, Skeleton/Eiffel Tower telephones.  

This is one of the true classics of telephony: popularly known as the "Eiffel Tower" in America, "Coffee Grinder" in Australia and "Skeleton" in the UK and Australia.. It was manufactured in Stockholm, Sweden by L. M. Ericsson, in the period 1892 – 1929 and numbered the AC110, AC120, or AC140 for slight component variations.

 

 

 

 

 

$1425

 

 

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This model has been used almost all over the world and nearly a million were made. Its big popularity resulted in the fact that in Denmark alone there were two factories that made imitations and it was extensively copied worldwide. Almost all Scandinavian telephone companies used the "Eiffel-Tower" telephone.

The beautiful design of the set and relative availability are good reasons why it is a highly regarded collector's item today.

 

 

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LME Skeleton AC120 

 

reasonable original cords.

 

 

 

LM Ericsson, Skeleton/Eiffel Tower telephones.  

This is one of the true classics of telephony: popularly known as the "Eiffel Tower" in America, "Coffee Grinder" in Australia and "Skeleton" in the UK and Australia.. It was manufactured in Stockholm, Sweden by L. M. Ericsson, in the period 1892 – 1929 and numbered the AC110, AC120, or AC140 for slight component variations.

 

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Type AC 120/130

 

 

 

 

$975

 

 

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This model has been used almost all over the world and nearly a million were made. Its big popularity resulted in the fact that in Denmark alone there were two factories that made imitations and it was extensively copied worldwide. Almost all Scandinavian telephone companies used the "Eiffel-Tower" telephone.

The beautiful design of the set and relative availability are good reasons why it is a highly regarded collector's item today.

 

 

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BWE, Eiffel Tower

 

 

 

 

Very rare British Western Electric, Eiffel Tower telephone.  

Known in Australia as the "Eiffel Tower" because of the awkward looking leg arrangement. Very difficult to find with the genuine ornate handset

 

 

Deluxe handset

 

 

 

 

$4750

 

 

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This model (British No 40047) is known as the "Eiffel Tower" in Australia because of the leg arrangement. It was probably produced as a response to Ericsson's Skeletal phone, but was not as successful. It was widely exported and was used by a number of Government departments in Australia.

 

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LME Skeleton Commemorative 

 

 

 

 

 

LM Ericsson, Skeleton/Eiffel Tower commemorative telephone.  

This is one of the true classics of telephony: popularly known as the "Eiffel Tower" in America, "Coffee Grinder" in Australia and "Skeleton" in the UK and Australia.. It was manufactured in Stockholm, Sweden by L. M. Ericsson, in the period 1892 – 1929 and numbered the AC110, AC120, or AC140 for slight component variations.

 

 

 

In perfect working condition

 

SOLD

 

 

 

Made by the LM Ericsson company in 1976 to commemorate 100 years since the entry into the telephone industry by Lars Magnus Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden)

The beautiful design of the set and relative availability are good reasons why it is a highly regarded collector's item today.  

Look at the additional pictures to see the original quality of this telephone which was first made in 1892.

 

 

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A very rare LM Ericsson telephone.

Similar to the Commonwealth Ericsson but with a different lightning arrestor, switch hook, concealed terminals at the top, more ornate ('deluxe' shaped) at the bottom and the timber front to the battery housing

Very original, National Telephone Company (NTC), made by LM Ericsson UK.  Battery box restored and bell motor cover  repainted and has new graphics. Repainted bell motor cover. French polish restored.

Front cover lock, escutcheon and key are reproductions - most often missing

 

$975

 

 

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Almost 110 years old.

Very original, genuine AB520 (PMG Commonwealth Ericsson). Manufactured 1909.  These telephones were early telephones imported from Sweden and used on the Australian network by the PMG in the early 1900's. Battery box is the "faux timber"  paint finish and bell motor cover has been repainted and have new LM Ericsson graphics/Ericsson logo. 

This one has a very nice mahogany timber colour. Marked as "PMG" on the handset and deck.  No internal components missing.

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$1025

 

1909 - An AB520 (PMG Commonwealth Ericsson)

 

 

 

 

 

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A rare Ericsson twin box magneto telephone, pictured where it has lived on my "display room" wall. The walnut timberwork is in good original condition.

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Complete with all original internal parts. 

$775

 

 

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Model AB2100 - 2120, British Model N2800. It was fitted with the drum and solid back transmitters

Very original bell and extension switch

Apart from the receiver cord, all of the external and internal components are completely original - nothing missing and no reproduction parts.

The original receiver cord is frayed but it is included with the phone 

 

$625

 

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Very original Ericsson inter-office communication system telephone in exceptional condition

(main instrument)

HA250/10

Very original bell and extension switch

All of the external and internal components are completely original - nothing missing and no reproduction parts

Matching extension instrument is for sale in item 1/5c

 

$1050

 

 

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Very original Ericsson wall inter-office communication system telephone in exceptional condition

All of the external and internal components are completely original - nothing missing

Matching extension instrument is for sale in item 1/5c

 

 $725

 

 

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Very original Ericsson wall telephone BC1300/1301 in exceptional condition

All of the external and internal components are completely original - nothing missing

 

 

 $525

 

 

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L.M. Ericsson DE100 wall phone c1920s. IN GOOD CONDITION! 

Very nice collectable phone. Made in UK - Ericsson Beeston. Ageless design. Phone is around 90 years old! Specimens such as this are rarely available! Casing is painted metal -  Handset complete and original

 

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 $525

 

 

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This telephone has sold

Automatic Electric telephones from 1910-20's

These telephones are very rare, but I have a more than I need so I will negotiate to sell to an interested collector.

 

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This particular Automatic Electric is not the first version but it is a genuine Australian PMG version. Working model.

These phones would have been bought by the PMG from the US manufacturer in conjunction with the Strowger exchange installations

 

 A rare PMG telephone  $475 

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Another 2nd version  Automatic Electric . Although the earpiece has some small chips, I have left it on this phone because it is the rarer genuine model with the small (permanent magnet-less) insert.

These phones would have been bought by the PMG from the US manufacturer in conjunction with the Strowger exchange installations

 

 A rare PMG telephone  $525 

 

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An early 1900's European 'partner' telephone - OB05 was used in offices where a telephone was shared by staff typically seated on opposite sides of a partner desk

Everything original, even a good quality original art work of the German postal/telephone service (Deutsche Reichspost). It also has the rarer oval shaped handgrip on the handset

 A rare  telephone  SOLD 

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Partner Telephone

An early 1900's European 'partner' telephone - OB05 was used in offices where a telephone was shared by staff typically seated on opposite sides of a partner desk

Everything original. Exceptional original Nickel plating. Excellent cords. It also has the rarer tapered handgrip on the handset

 

 A rare  telephone  $625 

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c1920. An unusual pair of French "Pherophone" intercom handsets

Designed to work in conjunction with the early Annunciator panels for signalling and power supply etc

In good original condition, with original Nickel plating and the ornate filigree designs of the early 1900s wouldn't look out of place in the silverware cabinet

The one with the attached cord (last picture), has the inbuilt switchhook in the receiver module

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 $275

 

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A much rarer French version of the Candlestick telephone made by LM Ericsson.

In exceptional original condition, with original Nickel plating and the second “Mother-in-Law” receiver. 

 

A rare item

 $1150

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1/10b From the early 1900s, another upright version of the unique French manufactured telephone. Colloquially named the Violon (Violin), and is in excellent condition

Exceptional rare Telephone

$1100

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Extremely rare Australian Telegraph history 

From the late 1800s, I have been able to obtain a very rare Oppenheimer telegraph pole for my collection.

It was a very costly exercise, but at the same time, I have had some extra ones transported back to Brisbane and some are available for sale.

The Overland Telegraph Line between Adelaide and Darwin was completed in 1872. Initially the line was built using locally cut timber poles, but they lasted little more than one year due to termites and bush fires.

They were replaced quickly by these Oppenheimer galvanised cast iron poles shipped from England. Telegraph lines were built at around the same timeframe in the eastern states

$475 and $625  

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The Ericsson Chronicle

  Printed in Sweden in the year 2000, this Chronicle tracks the development of the company and the LME products from 1876 to 2000
480 pages and hard back with a glossy dust cover

The book contains pictures of some of the rare Ericsson products and outlines the manufacturing in various countries.
Wonderful colour pictures of rare telephones and also the various LME logos used throughout the world.

Any collector of rare Ericsson telephones will find this book of immense value.

Produced in Y2K for Telecommunications Industry Professionals.

 Not originally for sale to the Public

 $90

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A 1950's series of 10 "postcards" depicting a risqué office story with the telephone in picture.

Some may see this as voyeurism, but I think this (complete) postcard set is just another interesting by-product of the impact of the telephone in our society. 

Scanned postcards and printed on photo paper - each monochrome print is 13 x 7cm

The risqué aspect of "the telephone" and collecting telephone history are also briefly mentioned in my book and my Internet Pages

The attached picture is a very low resolution, but the printed copies are of the same quality as the originals.

 

From the 1950's a Risqué Telephone story

Difficult to find the whole story

$20

 

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LM Ericsson, “Skeleton” telephone.  

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1892 - Magneto set "Eiffel-Tower" with handset

This is one of the true classics of telephony: popularly known as the "Eiffel Tower" in America, "Coffee Grinder" in Australia and "Skeleton" in the UK and Australia.. It was manufactured in Stockholm, Sweden by L. M. Ericsson, in the period 1892 – 1929 and numbered the AC110, AC120, or AC140 for slight component variations.

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