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    Posted 10 years ago

    kehphones
    (47 items)

    This is my latest 1924 British "GPO" candlestick #150 and bell box #41.
    It has a solid brass receiver, painted brown. Brown was the choice color back in the days for this particular telephone. The cords were "braided"; also original with most old European phones.

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    Comments

    1. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 10 years ago
      Kehphones, Nice British "GPO" candlestick, Looks very complete.
    2. Cindy55, 10 years ago
      hi
      I am looking for one and found several on Ebay. But, someone who says he knows old phones well & repairing for years say all Ebay phones are fake. And some sellers may not know. He says there shouldnt be screws anywhere & that there must be a stamp print (wrong word) on back of speaking piece.

      I am so confused. Then some sellers say you need a box after updating phone, some say you dont you just plug in wall & its simple to do.

      I found one with a Kellog earpiece but phone is WE. Can you mix parts?

      Thank you
      Cindy
    3. kehphones kehphones, 10 years ago
      Lots of newer 1970's reproductions on EBay. These were reproduced in India. I purchased a British phone like this "original 1924 GPO" here. Only to find out it was about 90% reproduction! Boy was I mad! Seller wanted to give me "credit" but not my money back. So I kept it and put in my booth my local Antique Mall for half of what I paid. Be careful if seller uses the word "RETRO" another word for FAKE OR REPRODUCTION.
      Got to do your homework and close up viewing to tell if a fake or not. This is how I figured out my first GPO BRITISH CANDLESTICK was a fake.
      This one here I posted is all ORIGINAL.....
    4. vintagephone vintagephone, 5 years ago
      As you say the British GPO candlestick telephone market is a minefield. 95% of these telephones are reproductions. Some are easy to spot and others are very similar (at first glance) until you put them side by side with an original. I can confirm the one you posted is original.
      PS the solid brass receiver is coated in "Ebonite" (a vulcanised rubber) rather than painted brown :-)

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