This is a lovely example of a classic British Bakelite 312 series telephone. This telephone is in first class working order and the case has a nice sheen. It also has a No.12 alphanumeric dial and index drawer. The handset has one of my own, UK manufactured, pure Egyptian cotton braided cords 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.
•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 routinely replace the original carbon granule transmitter and fit a custom designed and made modern electronic unit that improves the quality and level of transmitted speech.