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2006.44.2080 (RS83241)

Description

Metal black vertical telephone with a handset. Cables are included.

Details

Maker
Western Electric (Manufacturer)
Date
1913
Inscriptions
''323 / PAT IN USA JAN 14 1913'' (scratched)
''PROPERTY OF THE AMERICAN BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY'' (scratched)
WESTERN ELECTRIC COMPANY / PAT APPD FOR / PAT IN USA AUG 16 01 SEPT 13 04 (stamped)
20AL (stamped)
Associated Building
Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
metal
Object type
Telecommunication T&E
Descriptive terms
metal
Telephone
telephones
Dimensions
13 x 3 1/2 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.2080
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
170454

Comments

Manufacturer #

AvatarPosted by Craig on April 5, 2016
It looks like a Western Electric "20AL" telephone (manufacturer will be stamped in the base, model number will be stamped in the back of the perch aka neck).

Telephone Maker #

AvatarPosted by Nicole Chalfant on April 15, 2016
Thank you for the information, Craig.
You are absolutely correct. We looked at the object, which is on display at the Phillips House in Salem, Massachusetts and the manufacturer, the Western Electric Company, is stamped on the base.
Our collections database records are in various states of completeness and we always appreciate those more knowledgeable helping us to improve them. I have updated the record for this object.
Thank you for your keen observation!
Sincerely,
Nicole Chalfant
Collection Manager