1930's British GEC Black Bakelite Wall Muraphone
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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 the best antique bakelite wall telephone on sale on our website.