Here is your chance to own an original, 1937 Western Electric model 202 desk-set
telephone with the very desirable 5H clickity-clack dial, and the FW1 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 talking.
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
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, F1W handset has been machine
buffed to a soft, brilliant luster.
These images are taken under very bright
lights with a high resolution digital camera
to ensure that you can see what you are
bidding on. Would you rather be told
that the finish is beautiful, or see it for
It also features a numbers-only porcelain
dial face in very nice condition, but
does show a little bit of wear.
The nickel plated finger stop has been
buffed to a mirror finish.
stamp in the image below is quite faded, but
does read II 34, which means this telephone
was manufactured 1st quarter, 1937.
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
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
is small and
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 ringer would have been 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
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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