Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1867. Until this time, the main modes of communication were the telegraph and letters. Bell's invention developed through the ages until the modern phones of nowadays. Buying an antique phones can be a way to collect history and trace the development of this 19th century invention. This article details out where to find antique wall telephone.
Antique phone stores
Antique phone stores are specialised in antique phones exclusively. The Old Telephone Company, based in Battlesbridge, sold phones from the
Telephone Lines Telephone Lines sell phones from the same eras as well as an antique wall phone from 1900, as well as phone kiosks and a classic red phone booth. Old Phone Works Old Phone Works also sell phones from the 1900s, including old wall phones, as well as phones from the 1910s through 2000s. The phones at these stores have been restored and are usable. Often, the stores sell kits that allow you to convert the phone so it accepts digital signals.
Antique stores are another source for antique wall phones. These phones will date from the 1900s and will vary on the style as well as the price. Unlike the stores which are specialised only in antique phones, you may not be able to use these phones right away. Some restoration may be needed in order to make them usable, something which you may be able to do yourself or hire someone to do for you. If you manage to restore the phone, you will have to convert it so that it is compatible with the more modern phone systems of nowadays. These are available online or at stores which cater for old phones.
Auctions, whether online or estate, is another place where you can buy antique wall phones. Like the ones found in antique stores, these phones can date back to the early 1900s, and will be in various levels of condition. Inspect the phones before buying them. In the case of an online auction, try to get as much information as you can before buying one to help to ensure that you are actually buying an antique wall phone and not a replica. At an estate auction or other
in-person auction, you will have a better chance of seeing the phone in person.