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Posted 5 years ago


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I bought this Western Electric Type 85 fiddleback telephone thinking it might be oak under all that grime. Most of the Western Electric type 85's were made of walnut. There are patent dates stamped on the side and they start from 1886 to 1901. It took me several stripping and a bleaching job to bring this telephone back to it's original oak look.


  1. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    great job! How did it get so nasty to begin with?
  2. mrmajestic1 mrmajestic1, 5 years ago
    Beautiful restoration!
  3. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
    packrat-place, good question I believe it sat in some garage or muffler storage area for at least 50 years. It had black soot that covered the phone.
  4. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
    Thank you Pop_abides, packrat-place, kerry10456, scandinavian_place, mrmajestic1
  5. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
    Thank you officialfuel
  6. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Beautiful work tom. You must have a heck of a lot of patience based on the first photo!

  7. Trey Trey, 5 years ago
    Wow what a transformation, good job on bringing that gem back, are you sure that phone wasn't in a coal mine LOL.
  8. AntiquePhoneGal, 5 years ago
    Beautiful restoration job, Tom. I always enjoy seeing your telephones.
  9. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
    Thank you Trey, AntiquePhoneGal
  10. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
    Thank you beachbomb
  11. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
    Thank you earthandmagneto
  12. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
    Thank you gggg, Kevin
  13. FloridaTreasures FloridaTreasures, 5 years ago
    all I can say is Wow! Really nice job bringing it back to life . . amazing.
  14. Yuko Yuko, 5 years ago
    Your phone collection is spectacular, very good.
    Thank you for sharing.
    I love that model, one that reminds me in the house of my paternal grandparents.
  15. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 5 years ago
    WOW ttom, night & day!! EXELLENT JOB!

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