Here is your chance to own an original, 1937
Western Electric model 202 desk-set
telephone with the very desirable 4H
clickity-clack dial, and the E1 bakelite
handset, in full operating condition. Works
just like it did almost 80 years ago. All
you have to do is plug it into your modular
wall telephone outlet and start dialing and
Works right out of the box - guaranteed.
This telephone has been completely
disassembled and professionally restored
with "attention to detail" for every single
part. Nothing has been overlooked.
It is just like it came from the factory in
1937 and mint.
The finish is a spray-gun applied two part
paint system. It is the most expensive and
difficult to apply and is far more superior
to any other coating available. It is
chosen for its durability, depth of color,
and its overall beauty.
Only the best available brown, cloth-covered
cord is used for the line cord and handset
cord. This beautiful cord is
manufactured for telephone restorations and
matches the original.
This very desirable solid bakelite, E1
handset has been machine buffed to a soft,
brilliant luster. The E1 handset is also
nicknamed the spit cup because of the
unusually shaped transmitter housing.
This magnificent 1937 (date stamped) model
4H dial is the crowning feature of this
telephone. It has that old fashioned
ratcheting sound when dialing and the
clickity-clack sound when the dial returns.
That was a sound that was subdued in later
dial systems. It also features a
numbers-only porcelain dial face in
remarkably beautiful condition. The
celluloid dial center is an original Western
Electric card. The nickel plated finger
stop has been buffed to a mirror finish.
The model 202 was the last Western Electric
to employ a separate voice network and
ringer (i.e. subset box). This telephone
physically did not allow for an internal
ringer and voice network. To provide the
user of this telephone with the sound
quality obtained by using a voice network,
but not having to contend with a bulky
add-on box, a miniature voice network has
been internally installed. A telephone
without a voice network is not a complete
The installation of the GTE miniature
voice network in no way decreases the value
of this telephone, as all original parts are
still in place. This network is
electrically similar to the older external
networks and is only a smaller version.
A bell type telephone ringer will be
provided at no extra cost. This ringer
easily plugs in at the telephone wall outlet
so that the user can associate incoming
calls with this telephone. It is being used
just as an old subset would be used.
The bottom plate has been bead-blasted and
recovered with genuine suede leather that
closely matches the original leather cover.
It is soft, supple, and smooth.
I have been restoring vintage telephones for
many years and stand behind my telephone
restorations 100%. If you need to return
this telephone, you need only CONTACT ME
within 24 hours of the delivery
confirmation. Then return the telephone to
me within 7 days of receipt in the same
packaging and in the same condition as
shipped, and you will receive a prompt
refund of your full purchase price. So
please bid with confidence. Your questions
and comments are welcomed.
Although it is very rare for anything to go
wrong with my telephones, I still give a 1
year parts and labor warrantee on all
electrical parts, not including damage. In
addition, I am available for tech support by
email or telephone.
Paint wear around the cradle area is
normal. Even Western Electric expected
that. Although this cradle has no wear
yet, it can be easily minimized be
replacing the handset gently.
Shipping with insurance via USPS Priority
anywhere in the continental U.S. is $15.00.
This includes quality packaging to assure
Please inquire about shipping costs for
shipments outside the continental U.S.
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