Original WWI Era U.S. Army Signal Corps Telegraph Buzzerphone Type EEI-A by Western Electric
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of a WWI Era U.S. Army Signal Corps issue Type EEI-A "Buzzerphone." These were essential an means of communication during WWI and even into the WWII Era. The Signal Corps were responsible for establishing communications both behind and in front of our combat lines. They mostly used morse code along with several other types of codes for security reasons.
The Type EEI-A was developed and implemented by Western Electric and the Signal Corps, and released just after the conclusion of WWI, having learned from the earlier M1917 and Type EEI models. It is contained in a brass fit wooden chest with functional securing latches, which measures 9 3/4"W x 6"D x 6 3/4"H.
It still has the original data plate on the top, which gives all of the information regarding the item such as manufacturer, contract number, etc:
SIGNAL CORPS U.S.A.
ORDER NO. 140354 DATE 1919
The inside of the lid also has the complete instructions as well as schematics for the unit. The set looks to be in in functional condition, though the ear phone is definitely missing. It has been entirely repainted in OD Green, so we assume it saw service long after production, and possibly was used in WWII, when telegraphs were still in use.
The electronics compartment still opens, and we cannot see any components which have degraded or melted. However there is most likely oxidation on contact and other components, so it most likely would need a servicing before it could be used.
A great piece of communications equipment from the Post WWI Era, ready to display!
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