Original U.S. WWI Model 1904 Rail Road Telephone by Western Electric - Patented August 18 1903
Original Item: Only One Set Available. This is a nice rare example of a Vintage Western Electric Model 1904 Rail Road Telephone, as used domestically and by U.S. Forces during WWI. The nickel-plated brass handset is marked in several places with the manufacturer and patent information:
WESTERN ELECTRIC CORPORATION
PAT IN USA AUG 18 1903
The 9 inch long metal hand set is in very good vintage used condition, and heavy. It has a 6 foot long cord attaching it to the telephone box, which measures 13 1/2" x 13 1/2" x 5", and is marked 330E on the bottom. The wooden housing does have some missing wood, damage, and separation, as expected for an item of this age and how much use it must have seen.
We have not tested this and have no idea if it functions, so we would assume that it doesn't, though it does appear complete. These were kept at railroad stops in the early days, and allowed someone to make calls down the line. They were mounted vertically, hung from the two large steel hangers on the top. There are two wing nuts on the top of the housing, marked LINE 1 and LINE 2, for attaching the telephone wire to.
A wonderful display piece that would work great on a wall. Ready to display!
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