Antique 1930's British GEC (General Electric Company) Black Bakelite Wall Muraphone
GEC (General Electric Company) made the muraphone as the wall telephone equivalent of the Gecophone and was introduced around 1937. The 'mur' element in the name is taken from the latin word for a wall. The phone a classic early post war design is made in black bakelite. According to GEC it was first put into service in the Queens Hotel in Leeds and saw limited use in factories and on the railways. Quote from the 1930's GEC catalogue: "the muraphone instrument is the most pleasing design of wall telephone. It has the big advantage that the handset must be removed before dialling can begin. The case is shaped to form a cradle for the receiver and a housing for the transmitter, so that the handset is securely held in a vertical position. The front surface of the moulding accommodates a dial and this circular motif is repeated at the sides of the moulding by concentric segments. These are provided with outlet apertures for sound from the bell. All apparatus, including the dial, is mounted on the base thus complete accessibility is given to all components by simply removing the case".
The muraphone has a beautiful design in a wonderful body in which the handset sits perfectly. It is one of the best antique bakelite wall telephone on sale on our website.
The back of the phone has the original marks
WHEN RE-ORDERING QUOTE TEL/16M/CWT
The hand set has GEC MADE IN ENGLAND stamped in the centre.
All our antique telephones are fully stripped down, polished & rewired with hand platted cords in our workshop near Oxford , England. The phones have all original fittings inside and we try to keep all the original parts wherever possible. They come fitted with a standard British connection & all International customers ( USA, Europe, Asia Etc) will be provided with a RJ11 adapter, so the customer can use the phone on any analogue fixed telephone line.
Please see the attached pictures for the connections.
Sept 2021 also bought by Michael Crichton of Milwaukee WI 53202 USA