Rare, original, GPO antique bakelite telephone. This is the classic 1930s British desk telephone (232), lovingly restored to a beautiful condition. Supplied with a modern BT plug as standard, or with a suitable plug for your network if sent to a different country. Fitted with an authentic internal mechanical bell that rings to indicate an incoming call. All telephones have a 12 month guarantee. We also offer a full repair service.
- Rare, original, GPO bakelite telephones
- Fully restored and working
- Supplied with a modern BT plug as standard
- Fitted with the correct plug for your country`s network if sent outside the UK
- Full 1 year warranty from date of purchase.
Full repair service available after this period.
We often hear from people who have recently found
our website, that they always wanted an original authentic bakelite telephone,
but didn't know where to find them and, if they did ever come across one, it
was usually in poor condition, didn't appear original, looked as if it might
not work, or was priced way beyond their budget. We are therefore pleased to
offer our genuine, high-quality, restored and working classic bakelite telephone
range to those who wish to have the peace of mind that their investment represents
value for money, is protected by a guarantee, and can be backed up with a full
repair service if ever needed. These phones will work in virtually every country
and, in many cases - if you let us know beforehand - we can make sure the telephone
is delivered with the correct plug for your telephone network. All telephones
have a 12 month guarantee. We also offer a full repair service. The 200 series bakelite telephone or "pyramid phone" was designed in 1929 and became the GPO standard phone during the 1930s, preceding the 300 series telephones.
Bakelite - : Around the turn of the century, the Belgian born scientist Dr.
Leo Baekeland, working as an independent chemist, mixed carbolic acid and formaldehyde
to produce, quite by accident, a beautiful and versatile substance which came
to be known as "Bakelite". Bakelite's many uses allowed it to become a standard
item in the family home of the 1930s and 1940s, and was the standard material
for making telephones during this period. Although Bakelite could be produced
in a number of colours, it was rare that the telephone companies exploited these
possibilities; just like the early Ford motor car - "you can have any colour,
as long as it's black".
Our telephone specialist has been specialising in telephones since 1972, bringing over 40 years of experience and dedication to the location, renovation and selling of old and vintage phones. Even the earliest of instruments come lovingly restored and all but the odd early collectors piece come with a 12 month guarantee in full working order. Virtually any phone can be made to work in any country and we will supply your phone with the correct plug for your telephone socket. Telephones have proven an excellent and functional investment over the years, and, for example, the last dial phones used in Britain (the 700 series) are now also beginning to appreciate rapidly. We currently have (diminishing) quantities of most of our original phones, so why not make an investment we are sure you are not going to regret.
Usually sent to UK mainland addresses on a next-day courrier service. Delivery overseas can take a few days longer. We generally dispatch sameday if you order before 12 noon. When you input your address details, you can also add special delivery instructions. In any case, we email you your tracking details, so you will know when delivery will be attempted.