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    Posted 9 years ago

    ttomtucker
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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.

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    Comments

    1. packrat-place packrat-place, 9 years ago
      great job! How did it get so nasty to begin with?
    2. mrmajestic1 mrmajestic1, 9 years ago
      Beautiful restoration!
    3. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 9 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, 9 years ago
      Thank you Pop_abides, packrat-place, kerry10456, scandinavian_place, mrmajestic1
    5. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 9 years ago
      Thank you officialfuel
    6. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Beautiful work tom. You must have a heck of a lot of patience based on the first photo!

      Scott
    7. Trey Trey, 9 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, 9 years ago
      Beautiful restoration job, Tom. I always enjoy seeing your telephones.
    9. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 9 years ago
      Thank you Trey, AntiquePhoneGal
    10. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 9 years ago
      Thank you beachbomb
    11. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 9 years ago
      Thank you earthandmagneto
    12. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 9 years ago
      Thank you gggg, Kevin
    13. FloridaTreasures FloridaTreasures, 9 years ago
      all I can say is Wow! Really nice job bringing it back to life . . amazing.
    14. Yuko Yuko, 9 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.
      Yuko
    15. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 9 years ago
      WOW ttom, night & day!! EXELLENT JOB!

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