Original Imperial German WWI Feldfernsprecher Field Telephone Sets by Siemens - 2 Items

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Original Items: Only One Lot of 2 Available. This is a lovely pair of fairly heavy "Feldfernsprecher" or "Field Telephones" that were in use by German Imperial Army signalers in the 2nd and 3rd line positions or at headquarters. The first such "Feldfernsprecher" was introduced between 1905 and 1910 and is referred to as "Feldfernsprecher alter Art". The next version of this "Old Model of Field Telephone" was the "Iron Field Telephone" of 1915.

The 1915 model was nearly identical to the "Old Model" but all the brass parts were replaced with gray painted metal (iron). The 1915 model could operate using two separate wire lines to make enemy tapping of the telephone conversations more difficult. Thus the 1915 model of "Eiserner Feldfernsprecher" had three connection outlets on its right side wall (Line 1, Line 2, Earth) while previous and all the further models (FF-16, FF-17) had only two such outlets (Line, Earth).

As well as its forerunner, the "Eiserner Feldfernsprecher" had no space for batteries, i.e. had to be fed by an external battery box. All further models of German Field Telephones (FF-16, FF-17) had space for batteries inside their telephone cabinets.

These two we believe to be the FF-16 models by Siemens. They both coe complete with the headset and hand cranks. The phones still have an audible ring when cranked, but there is no way of knowing if they are functioning and are being sold only as a display piece.
Both phones come ready for further research and display!
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