GPO Ivory 232 with Orignal No.26 Bellset


This is a rare opportunity to secure an original ivory 232 complete with an original Ivory No.26 Bellset. By far and away the most common examples of this type of telephone are offered with a reproduction bellset cover - although this is not always made clear by the seller! This is the real deal and a telephone for the purist and discerning collector.

It is free from damage and has a fully serviced numeric No.12 dial with an alpha numeric dial plate. All cords have been replaced with my own, UK manufactured, pure Egyptian cotton braided cords correctly terminated with cotton ties.

I would much prefer collection in person and the telephone is available for a full inspection. Please message me through the contact form at the bottom right hand side of the homepage for details.

The photographs are of the actual telephone for sale and accurately record its condition. Please see the restoration details below.

The telephone comes complete with my own (very good!) reproduction paper furniture. On the centre dial I will enter a number of your choice.

Restoration Details:

•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 have upgraded the mouthpiece with a modern electronic transmitter to provide high quality outgoing speech.