200 Series Bakelite Telephones (1929-1957)

Please click on the relevant thumbnail picture below to view photographs of the actual telephones that we currently have for sale. All these telephones have been professionally serviced, restored, and converted. For a brief history of the 200 series telephone range please click here.

Telephone: Black 232 Ref: 2306

A lovely Black 232 Antique Telephone combined with a No:26 Bell Set. It has a drawer, braided handset cord and a type 12 alphanumeric chrome dial. The handset is dated 1945. In good condition with only very minor nibbles and surface scratches consistent with age and usage.

FOR SALE: 315 (P&P: 15.00)

Telephone: Black 232 Ref: 2301

A lovely Black 232 Antique Telephone combined with a No:26 Bakelite Bell Set. It has a drawer, braided handset cord and a type 10 alphanumeric chrome dial. The handset is dated 1948. In good condition with only very minor nibbles and surface scratches consistent with age and usage.

FOR SALE: 315 (P&P: 15.00)

Telephone: Ivory 232 Ref: 2351

Ivory 232 King Pyramid Telephone -1954. Very good condition. For completeness the phone has a very tiny hole drilled in the top of the bell set cover which is hidden from view inside the phone. Other than that there are only very minor nibbles consistent with age and use.

SOLD: 650 (P&P: 20.00)

Telephone: Ivory 232 Ref: 2435

A GPO Ivory 232 Antique Telephone in very good condition combined with an Ivory Bell Set 26 also in good condion. The telephone has a drawer and a Type 12 Chrome Alphanumeric Dial. The handset is dated 1956. The earpiece is a slightly lighter shade to the rest of the handset other than this there are only minor nibbles and surface scratches consistent with age and use. Postage and Packing charge is reflective of extra insurance cover.

SOLD: 725 (P&P: 20.00)

Telephone: Black 162 Ref: 2350

A Black GPO 162 Pyramid Telephone on a rare Bell Set 25. The telephone has a braided handset cord and a type 10 chrome dial with a porcelain alphanumeric dial plate. The handset and base of the phone are dated 1936 as is the Bell Set 25. In very good condition with only minor nibbles and surface scratches consistent with age and use.

SOLD: 350 (P&P: 15.00)

History of 200 Series Telephones

In 1929 the revolutionary and elegantly curved pyramid shaped Tele 162 table telephones were first introduced in the UK. Originally made by Siemens these telephones superseded the era of the 'candlestick' telephone. Although the GPO version still required a separate bell set.

In the early 1930's having a bell separate from the telephone was normal practice. It was usual for the "bell set" to be located in the hall, while the telephone itself might be anywhere convenient to the customer. It was also possible to mount the bakelite bell set underneath the telephone and this was then known as a "Combined Set" or by some as a "King Pyramid".

The Tele 232 was a development on from the Tele 162 and was introduced in 1934. It looked exactly the same but contained an improved ASTIC circuit that improved the sound quality of the telephone.

Later versions had a drawer in the base (for dialling numbers etc) and used a less damage prone cradle fork made of cellulose acetate rather than Bakelite. The later cradle style also overhangs the telephone body to provide a lip that made the telephone slightly easier to carry around.

These telephones were produced in black (standard), ivory (rare), red (very rare) and green (extremely rare).


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