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Telephones255 of 1005Silvery intercom handsets...date ??Extremely rare 1933 deco phone from Gleneagles Hotel
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    Posted 5 years ago

    Alchemy1949
    (8 items)

    The stuff dreams are made of - and of all places, discovered in my little home country of New Zealand in 1990. Was buying a large lot of ordinary black bakelite 1950s desk and wall phones from a private individual's garden shed, when he said "oh there's a peculiar red model in this bag if you want it, for $5 extra". True.
    Am delighted it is a Chinese Red model, as I taught English all over China for eight years...an unforgettably exhilerating experience. Karma.
    I use this phone daily and with original carbon granule microphone. It is similar to the less rare (but still highly prized) GPO issue, however the Siemens bellset is more elegant, being slimmer (bell mechanisms are open-cast, whereas the GPO No.25 or 26 bellsets were lidded, adding height.
    Nowadays it is virtually impossible, even in the UK, to source one of these, either GPO or this much scarcer Siemens Brothers London version.
    You'll see similar ivory, red and green examples in the War Rooms, below Whitehall in London, to satisfy your craving to view these.

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    Comments

    1. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Very cool phone - congratulations!
    2. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Even the bat phone was not this cool, love it!
    3. vintagephone vintagephone, 4 years ago
      I agree the Siemens bell set is more elegant. I know the GPO 1/232 with a bell set No 26 sells for 2 to 3 thousand GBP so I wonder what yours is worth? Not bad for $5 :-)
    4. Alchemy1949 Alchemy1949, 4 years ago
      Yes, the red GPO equivalent in truly outstanding condition would, I imagine, realise well over £2,000 nowadays. Two of my lacquered GEC 1934 pyramids from Gleneagles Hotel took £5,000 and £6,000 respectively (incl. buyer's premium) in April last year at Lyon & Turnbull's Design and Art auction, Edinburgh, due to their having experimental, reddish-brown mix bakelite under the veneer. I find the later 300 series phones in all colours have seriously slumped in value, whereas the far more elegant and much scarcer pyramids are holding up well.

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