Antique Monarch Oak Wall Telephone Burlington, Iowa
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Antique Monarch Oak Wall Telephone Burlington, Iowa Picture and Description:
Offered here in this auction with no reserve is this outstanding antique oak wall telephone. This early telephone (around 100 years old) was manufactured by the Modern Telephone Company, Burlington, Iowa. The transmitter (the part you speak into) was made for the Modern Telephone Company by the Monarch Telephone Company of Fort Dodge, Iowa. The oak cabinet is in great condition (check out the beautiful tight classic oak quarter sawn woodgrain in the photos) as are the finish and internal components. This phone has great terminals and is extremely well appointed with very high quality nickel plating and brass trim. In fact, this telephone has extremely high quality plating for the period and presents a very tasteful combination of nickel and brass in its design. Note the "picture frame" carving on the front around the transmitter and the "cathedral" top; both of which make this a very desirable antique telephone! Please also note the superb original nameplates on the transmitter and oak cabinet. This is a very rare telephone and will make a great addition to any home or telephone collection. The magneto seems very powerful and the bells have a great tone when the magneto crank is turned. The internal wiring (as can be seen in the included photo) is in outstanding condition. I am also including four correct slotted solid brass screws for mounting. Check around and see that this telephone is pretty hard to top. For comparable telephones in this condition check out Oldphoneworks.com. They have phones listed in similar condition to this but are usually out of stock. The quoted shipping is for the lower 48 states only. I will ship to Canada, but would need to get a price quote based on location. Good luck bidding!