• Image of Vintage GPO Art Deco Bakelite 232 Dial Telephone + 64D Bellset
  • Image of Vintage GPO Art Deco Bakelite 232 Dial Telephone + 64D Bellset

This is a lovely example of a classic British GPO Bakelite 232 series telephone with 64D bellset. This model of telephone never had a bell fitted internally and requires a separate bellset in order to ring. This will be supplied with a modern 3 way adaptor to allow the telephone, bellset and an additional telephone to be plugged into a single socket.

This telephone is in first class working order with a nice sheen and free from damage. It also has a fully serviced and polished No.10 dial.

The telephone handset and line cord are my own, UK manufactured, pure Egyptian cotton braided cords correctly terminated with cotton ties. The bellset has a round section GPO style plastic line cord.

The telephone comes complete with my own (very good!) reproduction paper furniture. On the centre dial I will enter a number of your choice and supply two ‘blanks’ for future use. Please choose from the types shown in the final image

Restoration Process

•Handsets and cases are stripped of their components and thoroughly cleaned.
•Cases are polished, both mechanically and by hand. It has taken me many years to perfect this technique and it will return the case to the best possible condition. Polishing by hand alone will not achieve the best results.

•All contacts are cleaned and polished.

•Dials are stripped, cleaned, inspected, lubricated and rebuilt. This includes the removal and cleaning of the governor, governor cup and main bearing. The contacts are set and the dial speed and MK /BK ratio set. This is an essential part of making a telephone work properly.

•Bell coils are set and any necessary adjustment made so their resistance is suitable for modern networks.

•A new line cord is fitted and the telephone is reassembled with the appropriate wiring alterations made to allow it to function on a pulse dialling system.

•Finally, telephones are tested on a live line to ensure they are working correctly and a custom dial label is fitted.

• I can fit a modern electronic transmitter as standard.

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