• Image of Vintage GPO Bakelite Telephone Planset
  • Image of Vintage GPO Bakelite Telephone Planset
  • Image of Vintage GPO Bakelite Telephone Planset

This is a lovely example of a British GPO Bakelite planset telephone. This was originally used as part of an office type system. It has been wired to work as a conventional telephone and the bellset no.44 (although complete) is not operational. A small ringer unit has been fitted to allow the telephone to ring.

This telephone is in first class working order with a nice sheen and free from damage. It also has a fully serviced and polished No.21 dial.

The handset cord is my own, UK manufactured, pure Egyptian cotton braided cord correctly terminated with cotton ties.

The photographs are of the actual telephone for sale and accurately record its condition. Please see the restoration details below.

The telephone comes complete with my own (very good!) reproduction paper furniture. On the centre dial I will enter a number of your choice and supply two ‘blanks’ for future use

Restoration Process

•Handsets and cases are stripped of their components and thoroughly cleaned.
•Cases are polished, both mechanically and by hand. It has taken me many years to perfect this technique and it will return the case to the best possible condition. Polishing by hand alone will not achieve the best results.

•All contacts are cleaned and polished.

•Dials are stripped, cleaned, inspected, lubricated and rebuilt. This includes the removal and cleaning of the governor, governor cup and main bearing. The contacts are set and the dial speed and MK /BK ratio set. This is an essential part of making a telephone work properly.

•Bell coils are set and any necessary adjustment made so their resistance is suitable for modern networks.

•A new line cord is fitted and the telephone is reassembled with the appropriate wiring alterations made to allow it to function on a pulse dialling system.

•Finally, telephones are tested on a live line to ensure they are working correctly and a custom dial label is fitted.

•I have not changed the transmitter unit, but I can fit a modern electronic transmitter if required. Please contact me for details.


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