Rare Antique Western Electric Oak Hotel Switchboard
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This is a very unique item! This is a hotel switchboard manufactured by Western Electric. I believe from searching around online that this was manufactured around 1910 and that it is known as the 1012 board. It accommodates ten rooms (one set of bells per room). The clerk could call any room, receive a call from any room, and connect one room to another. (taken from http://www.telephonecollector.info/collectionsite/wood_telephones/ and http://www.rmauctions.com/CarDetails.cfm?SaleCode=aa08&CarID=L3055&Currency=) This switchboard has been stored in a garage for many years so while it certainly hasn't been abused or wet, it is not at all clean. I wiped it down pretty thoroughly with towels but opted to avoid any type of soap or cleaning solutions. It is still quite grimy! I really just cleaned it up enough to show its potential. It will need to be restored and/or cleaned by someone with more knowledge and skill than myself. The grain of the oak is really wonderful and it would be pretty with a proper oiling or refinishing. Some specific items that will need work: The mouthpiece is missing the pin or bolt that holds it on (note the red twist tie in the pictures holding in place) Some paint around the edges and on top where the wall around where it was mounted has been painted in years past Wires are not in excellent condition, but they are not necessarily damaged just very old Wire for the mouthpiece is detached Missing one of the wire nails holding the trim around the crank- easily replaced All of these can be clearly seen in the photos in addition to more obvious issues of condition. This item is approximately 30" X 15.5" X 8" and it weighs about 57 pounds. I have had it professionally packaged for shipping and will have it insured according to the winning bid. Please note that I may have to adjust shipping for additional insurance if bidding necessitates.