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Telephones749 of 894Western Electric Two-Piece PayphoneUnknown Intercom
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Posted 7 years ago


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It's always interesting when something crosses several lines of collecting. This is an example where telephone meets art pottery meets TV lamp. Unmarked but I believe it to be Cameron Clay Works. I met a collector from Cameron who had one like it and said it did indeed come from there.

The second picture shows a square area where the lamp would have been mounted. It is drilled for wiring.


  1. potrero potrero, 7 years ago
    Looks like it also had an area for holding candy. Just fyi, this style of telephone (that is loosely imitated by this thing) is called a grabaphone - originally a french innovation.
  2. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 7 years ago
    This "thing" ? You wound me ,sir ! You mean this beautiful,hand painter, 24 kt gold covered piece of Cameron Pottery? LOL Yes, candy, perhaps or more often an artificial plant to diffuse the light.
  3. potrero potrero, 7 years ago
    my apologies. as a phone collector I look at this and just see a fake phone, not the beautiful piece of pottery it may very well be!
  4. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 7 years ago offense offense taken ! It is fun to see on this site how egocentric we are about what we collect. There is something for everyone. :)
  5. DMK678 DMK678, 7 years ago
    Ha! (above) forgot my comments on the picture. I mean the "thing"
    still chuckling. Ha!
    I gotta go.
  6. Robin, 7 years ago
    Thank for such a quick response! Mine is the same type design with a few variations. Mine does not have square section, the additional design in the front or the drill holes. It is oval all the way around and in fantastic condition! Do you have a clue as to the estimated age and value? Once again thank you so much.
  7. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 7 years ago
    Sheer coincidence on quick response...I have gotten responses months later ! but glad for your good luck ! The one I have was probably a TV lamp. The square is where the bulb assembly would have gone. It was not unusual for popular pottery pieces to be mad into lamps. Age...1940's to 1950's. I would value it at $100 - $150. Remember, there are no books so it is an educated guess.

    Here is part of a Cameron collection that I sold.
  8. loveprettythings, 7 years ago
    Once again, thank you for the info. I purchased mine for a Church Chairity Thrift Store. I'm not normally a gold person, but this piece caught my eye. I was just so unusual! Apparently I have made a very good investment, I paid $25.00 for mine. I'm torn whether to sell or keep as conversation piece!
  9. loveprettythings, 7 years ago
    Well apparently I can't spell today either. Trying to resond, watching the sky for storms and watching t.v. alerts! Sorry all. I'VE HAVE ADDED THIS SITE TO MY FAVORITES, I COULD JUST SIT HERE AND LOOK AT ALL THE PIECES ALL DAY. Thank you again.
  10. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 7 years ago
    Chairity...thats where you fix up old chairs and donate the money ! LOL. Come on by any time, and if you collect...share it !

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