Antique Western Electric Art Deco Mid Century Model 302 Reconditioned Telephone
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This beautiful classic Western Electric Model 302 telephone is a completely reconditioned, fully functional antique, not a replica. The reserve price on this auction is significantly less than the prices of the same type of old phones available for sale at the online boutique antique phone stores, yet the phone is the same in terms of originality and quality as you’d receive from one of these high end stores. This phone has been cleaned, inspected, tested and reconditioned so that it is fully operational. It dials out, receives calls and rings. While the phone is in excellent condition, there may be some minor signs of wear that testify to her age. Any imperfections in her appearance make up the patina that reflects this phone’s character and history. This particular phone is in clean condition and is mostly original except for the replacement cloth line cord. The thermoplastic housing and heavy bakelite handset have been cleaned, waxed, polished and buffed to a nice glow. It has that “smooth to the touch” feel. The phone is in excellent condition and has a deep shine on the base and the handset. The pictures show the shine and possibly some reflections of the lighting. I believe that this phone is dated back toAugust 5, 1946, and while she has been thoroughly reconditioned, inside and out, she is an antique and not a new phone. The stampings inside the phone show 8-5-46 which may imply an August 5, 1946 assembly date. The date stamps on the parts in the handset date to the later 1940s, and may indicate repairs and part replacement while the phone was in use way back then. The dial runs smoothly and has a clean metropolitan style (numbers and letters) porcelain number plate. The base cord is original cloth with a modular adapter at the end of it. This modular connector will enable this phone to be connected to any standard modular phone jack. See the pictures for details. When this beautiful phone comes out of the box, it will be ready to plug in to start using immediately. The inside of the phone has been cleaned and checked thoroughly, with all connections secured. The bells have been cleaned and polished and are tuned to be in perfect harmony for that desirable and nostalgic old time ringing sound. The dial has been inspected and lubricated and it operates smoothly. The handset has been cleaned and polished. It transmits and receives perfectly. The feet covers are original and in good condition. Part of our testing process is to connect the phone to use for a few weeks to ensure that it is working properly. We guarantee that this phone will arrive in working condition. Please contact us via email with any questions. Although we test each phone before it goes out, if you have any trouble with it, we will gladly help you get it connected and working. The Western Electric model 302 telephone is a classic example of the art deco style of the 1930's and 1940's. Designed by famous industrial designer Henry Dreyfus, the model 302 served the Bell System from the late 30's until the mid 50's. It is also referred to as the "Lucy phone" because it was used many times on the "I Love Lucy" program, which aired on television in the 1950's. This heirloom makes the PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT as its classic beauty and style will last for decades to come. If the item is paid for by early Thursday 12-22-2011 we will ship it via priority mail via US Post Office so that should arrive the day before Christmas (we make no guarantees on the mail). Shipping and handling is $12.95 within the Continental US. This fee does not include shipping outside of the continental United States. Please contact me before paying if you require shipping outside of the continental US, as shipping costs will be determined by your location. Payment through Pay Pal is due within 2 days of end of auction. This antique is not only a piece of art and history, but it is also an all around beautiful and fully operational antique telephone for decoration, collecting or everyday use. Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions you may have.