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Vintage Telephony

248 / 44 Planset Bakelite Office Telephone

£285.00 - £320.00 Sold out

We are now offering all our telephones with the option to purchase our own 'Dial-A-Tone' pulse to tone converter at a special 'bundle' price to ensure your telephone is compatible with BT 'Digital Voice' and other VOIP systems.

This is a very good example of a 248 telephone mounted on a bellset No.44 and manufactured by GEC. This design of planset was typically used in offices to run an extension telephone system.

The bellset is complete, but was never originally fitted with a bell, so we have fitted a small modern ringer. This is fitted using the existing machine screws and does not require any modification of the original configuration. As can be seen from the photographs, the telephone is wired directly to the line and can be used as a conventional telephone.

All parts are original, with the exception of the handset and line cords, which are our own very high-quality replacements. It has a drawer and is fitted with a No.12 alpha numeric dial which has been fully serviced. The handset is dated GPO 164 C44/1 (GEC 1944).

Our full, top-quality restoration includes:

- Our own brand-new best quality cotton braided line and handset cords
- High quality correctly fitting replacement transmitter unit
- Fully serviced dial set with professional test equipment
- Quality replacement furniture
- Mechanically polished case
- Quality replacement feet

Restoration Details:

•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, set 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.

•Mouthpiece are fitted with a modern electronic transmitter to provide high quality speech.

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