Wooden Wall Phones
Wooden Wall Phones are antique and vintage wall-mounted telephones made with wooden casings.
Brief history and description
After Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, wooden, wall-mounted telephones soon became the norm in residential neighbourhoods. Some of the earliest forms of wooden wall phones typically featured a hand-cranked generator with a bell mouth and/or ear piece which would then signal the operator to connect the user to another phone.
Some of the most commonly manufactured wooden wall phones were typically made of oak or walnut and often had brass pieces as well.
Early wooden wall phone manufacturers include Northern Electric, Golden Eagle, Crosley, Dominion, Stromberg Carlson, Western Electric or Canadian Independent Co., to name a few.
Guide for collectors
Antique wooden wall phones with cranks are considered to be the most rare, but not necessarily the most valuable.
Restoration of an antique wooden wall phone is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. (However, restoring an antique wooden wall phone may decrease its value).
For more information regarding where to find antique wooden wall phones, visit The Phone Source or Old Phone Works.
Antique wooden Western Electric wall phones
Central Street Antiques and Auction in Windsor, Connecticut sold an antique oak wall phone by Western Electric for $50 in August of 2011.
Antique wooden wall phones with cranks
Morton Kuehnert Auctioneers & Appraisers in Houston, Texas sold an antique wooden wall phone with a bells crank mouthpiece and earpiece for $50 in May of 2011.
Antique wooden wall phones
Tom Harris Auctions in Marshalltown, Iowa sold a wooden ringer wall phone for $90 in December of 2004.
Victorian Casino Antiques in Las Vegas, Nevada sold a wooden wall-mounted pay phone for $375 in January of 2011.
Antique oak wall phones
Fantasticantiques Inc. in Temecula, California sold an antique oak wall phone which has been restored to include a modern-day phone insert for $55 in May of 2007.
(All values based on auctionr esults from Liveauctioneers.com)
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