Bakelite Pyramid phones from 1930's

 

 

The 1930’s signalled the growth in manufacture of Bakelite telephones with their clean classic lines and the increased use of the handset combination in preference to the separate ear and mouthpieces. As a result of this development throughout the world, one or two classics emerged from most countries and we will show a small number of these here. This picture shows a black PMG 232 "Pyramid" phone recovered from use in Australia, but also common in the UK.  

 

It is very similar to the initial shape developed by the British Siemens Bros. Company and called the Neophone.

It was most commonly made in black, but mottled brown, ivory, red and green were also available – these other colours do command very high prices, but great care is needed in purchasing because they could be reproduction – quite a number from India have been seen recently. GEC (UK) also made a similar unit called the Gecophone.

 

This telephone has the Black dial ring, but I can change it for the Nickel plated version - no charge

 

 

The Wall mount Pyramid telephone. 

Technically the same as the Pyramid shown above, but much rarer - two phones available, both in perfect working order.

This classic wall telephone from the 1930’s is in stunning condition when we realise that it is around 75 years old; and the technology still works perfectly for every day use 

A very rare phone, this one manufactured by ATE (in the UK) for export to Australia, before manufacturing facilities were established in Oz. 

Some pics look as though there is a brownish tinge but the phone is Jet Black.

  

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The Wall mount (GEC Muraphone) Pyramid telephone. 

Technically the same as the GEC/Gecophone, but much rarer - two phones available, both in perfect working order.

This classic wall telephone from the 1930’s is in exceptional condition when we realise that it is around 75 years old; and the technology still works perfectly for every day use 

A very rare phone, this one manufactured by GEC (in the UK) before manufacturing facilities were established in Oz. 

Quoting from the GEC catalogue:
“The Muraphone instrument is the most pleasing design of wall telephone. It has the big advantage that the handset must be removed before dialling can begin. The case is shaped to form a cradle for the receiver and a housing for the transmitter, so that the handset is securely held in a vertical position. The front surface of the moulding accommodates a dial; and this circular motif is repeated at the sides of the moulding by concentric segments. These are provided with outlet apertures for sound from the bell. All apparatus, including the dial, is mounted on the base; thus complete accessibility is given to all components by simply removing the case.”

 

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1930s North Electric Bakelite Pyramid

Another classic Pyramid shaped Bakelite telephone. This very rare phone is from the North Electric Co in the US. An exceptional phone and hard to get without any damage. The handset cord would need replacing if this was to be used as a working phone (no charge)

 

 

 

1920s Kellogg Masterphone Bakelite Pyramid

Another classic Pyramid shaped Bakelite telephone. Hard to find in such wonderful condition. This very rare phone is from the Kellogg Switchboard and Supply Co in the US. The complex Art-Deco lines of this phone make it such an exceptional phone and ideal for the collection or a highlight in an Art-Deco location.

 

 

 

 

1930s Automatic Electric Bakelite telephone

Another classic Pyramid shaped Bakelite telephone. Hard to find in such wonderful condition. Although they were manufactured in the USA, they were used extensively in the UK, and particularly by the Hull Telephone Company - hence their nickname is the "Hull Telephone"

Both of these telephones are in exceptional/perfect condition and a very difficult telephone to find in any condition. I will be selling only one  

 

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1930s Stromberg Carlson Bakelite telephone

Another classic Pyramid shaped Bakelite telephone. Hard to find in such wonderful condition. Released in the mid-1930s, the uniquely shaped Stromberg Carlson 1212 was, like many other phones of the era one of the first to house all of the components within a moulded case.

The unique design of the wide based case led to the nickname of "Fat Boy"

 

 

 

1920s Stromberg Carlson Bakelite telephone

Another classic Pyramid shaped Bakelite telephone. Hard to find in such wonderful condition. Released in the mid-1930s, this uniquely shaped Stromberg Carlson 1198. The first picture shows the Stromberg Carlson beside a PMG pyramid telephone to show its' petite size. Very good condition with exceptional Bakelite and retaining the original Stromberg Carlson artwork.

Everything is working as it should.

No bell was ever inside these phones but an audible alarm (ringer) can be supplied