Kellogg Antique And Vintage Telephones
Kellogg Antique And Vintage Telephones are collectible telephones produced by the Kellogg Switchboard and Supply Company.
Brief history and description
The Kellogg Switchboard and Supply Company is responsible for many pioneering and aesthetically pleasing telephone designs. The phones are often still functional today and available at reasonable price points to suit most budgets, making them desirable and accessible antiques, as well as serving a great aesthetic function for fans of art deco and early 20th century design.
The company was founded by Milo G. Kellogg in 1897 as a competitor to the Bell System of telephones. The phones created by Kellogg were very popular (and as intended, a great rival to Bell) throughout the first half of the 20th century and have since obtained a great following amongst collectors.
Guide for collectors
TelephoneArchive.com features a wealth of information for prospective collectors about the work and designs of the Kellogg Company, whilst OldPhoneWorks.com has extensive information about the telephones as well as comprehensive and competitively priced listings with a colourful and detailed photographic guide.
For models requiring repair, websites such as OldPhoneMan.com also feature compatible replacement pieces.
Whilst the phones appear at conventional and specialist auctions, they are widely available online, though as ever with an online purchase, prospective collectors are advised to exercise due caution and ascertain the authenticity of a piece before purchasing.
The highest prices paid at auction for a Kellogg antique phone include $1000, for a Kellogg brass candlestick phone complete with a coin box adorned with advertising copy. The phone sold from Rich Penn Auctions on 3rd May 2008.
Kellogg antique phones have often reached prices around the region of $150-400, such as the sale of an antique oak Kellogg hotel wall phone, which auctioned from American Antiquities Incorporated on 7th October 2007 for $160.
The lowest prices paid for a Kellogg antique phone include $25, for an oak cased Kellogg wall telephone with brass bells, which auctioned from Wiederseim Associates, Inc. 11th September 2010.