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Vintage Telephony

VOIP Ready Black 332 GPO Bakelite Telephone - Drawer Blank 1958


This telephone is fitted with our inDAT300 Pulse to Tone converter to give you tone dialling and, if you require, 'Star', 'Hash', 'Last Number Redial' and up to seven stored numbers. These options are switchable so the telephone can quickly be customised to your needs.

This is a nice example of a British Bakelite 332 introduced as the 'Combined Microtelephone'. The handset is dated 1958 (164 - 58). It is in first class working order and the case has a nice sheen. The dial is fully serviced with an alphanumeric dial plate. All cords have been replaced with our own, UK manufactured, pure Egyptian cotton braided cords correctly terminated with cotton ties. This is not fitted with a drawer, but a drawer blank which stopped peopled getting shopping lists stuck in the bell mechanism!

The telephone comes complete with our own high quality reproduction paper furniture. The dial label can be customised with an area and telephone number of your choice.

Our full, top-quality restoration includes:

- Our own brand-new best quality cotton braided line and handset cords
- High quality correctly fitting replacement transmitter unit
- Fully serviced dial set with professional test equipment
- Quality replacement furniture
- Mechanically polished case
- Quality replacement feet

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, set 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.

•Mouthpiece are fitted with a modern electronic transmitter to provide high quality speech.

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