Posted 4 years ago
This is a gorgeous early 1900's quarter-sawed oak picture frame front single box/hand crank telephone. It was made by the Kellogg Switchboard & Supply Co. of Chicago, Illinois. It is a standard bridging telephone, #2602. It has a cathedral style top. It has a Kellogg transmitter on the front, #717974-L. The back of it is marked "Chicago, USA PAT'D NOV 26, 1901". The bakelite receiver is marked "PAT IN USA DEC 4 1900~MAR 25 1901~MAY 20 1913~JUNE 3 1913". The hook switch inside is marked "PAT'D JULY 15, 1902". The phone has a heavy duty 5 bar magneto generator which is marked "Kellogg Chicago, USA". That size was used for farm lines/rural areas. The front of the cabinet has a pedestal with a catch for a pencil where the owner could write down messages.
Below the generator the phone stored two dry cell batteries. Someone has installed a 1953 Philco Transitone 5 tube AM radio chassis (53-563) inside where those batteries would sit.
It weighs 26lbs 11oz (12.11 kg). The cabinet measures approximately 9 1/8" (23.2 cm) wide (not including the crank lever/hook switch) & it is 25" (63.5 cm) tall.