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    Posted 9 years ago

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    I found this subset in a 150 year old factory that was being torn down. it is missing the ringer but has the original coil and "rolled" condenser. coil says "property of the American bell telephone company". it is engraved, property of new England telephone and telegraph company. I would like to know what the original ringer would look like in case I come across one. would this have been used with a no. 10 candlestick or a potbelly candlestick? I can't find a photo of anything like it. any advice would be appreciated.

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    1. tom.adams1, 9 years ago
      Hi Turbojet, you have a nice subset and one that can be completed very easy. The ringer shows up frequently on ebay. A complete subset recently sold on ebay. See auction # eBay item number: 350992533473
    2. tom.adams1, 9 years ago
      Forgot, yes either a #10 or a Western Electric potbelly would be appropriate for the subset
    3. turbojet turbojet, 9 years ago
      Thank you Tom!! You have made my day. I thought it might be the early "bell tap" ringer but this makes much more sense. Now I just have to be on the lookout for a walnut ringer with the type 57 on the side. thanks again for helping out.
    4. tom.adams1, 9 years ago
      Well, I didn't notice the ebay set had a type 57 ringer, mine and a lot of others I've seen take a type 43 ringer, a little easier to find.
      The 1910 NETT directive to Installers and Repairman list it as a #2955 set and further defines it as having a special condenser backboard, a #20 induction coil, a #5 or #6 condenser and a type 43 F bell box.
    5. turbojet turbojet, 9 years ago
      Thanks again Tom, I'm writing all this info down. I have several old books on telephones that show the early candlesticks but never the early subsets. best regards Turbojet

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