Here is a very nice, very original 1937 Western Electric telephone. It is the model 302 and it is a very special telephone because 1937 was the 1st year they were made. It was the first Western Electric telephone to be designed with out a subset or outside ringer. Everything is self contained.
What is very unique about this telephone is that 1937 was the first year the 302 was made. Made out of heavy metal .
The rarities are the seamed E handset. Only the 1937 model had this handset. The wraspy sounding #4 dial. Another unique thing is this 302 has the small plungers and wider cradle. No other 302 has this.
Secondly it has the vent under the finger lift. See the picture of the vent. The coil, condenser, handset, transmitter element and receiver element has the 1937 date as you can see by the pictures. The base on the inside also has the 1937 date and so does the older style ringer. Another thing is that this 302 has an oak plug on the inside.
This beautiful telephone still has its original numeric Celluloid dial plate in excellent condition. This having a numeric dial plate indicates that it was issued in a rural area
In 1941 due to the war and the critical need for metal, the 302 telephone went thru a major change and was then made of thermoplastic.
Do not confuse this telephone with the later cheap plastic types that many are selling here on ebay (If you want a plastic one I have them at less than 1/3 the price).
Some call this the Dreyfus phone as Henry Dreyfus (1904-1972) was the designer of this Art Deco telephone from the thirties. Others call this the Lucy phone as this telephone was used on the black and white television series I Love Lucy.
This was and is in my opinion. The finest telephone ever made or designed. No telephone has ever been designed that could ever compete with the 302. The best working Art deco phone... a real workhorse, after the 302 model everything went in the way of being made cheap.
This 1937 telephone has original paint and even has its original dial card " Ballard"
Original matching brown woven cloth cordage in excellent condition remains on this telephone. We can put a modular plug on the end, so all that is left for you is to just plug it in and use it. The heavy deep black bakelite E1 handset has been highly buffed and polished. There is nothing phoney about this handsets. It is the real thing The 1937 302 is the only 302 with the E1 handset .
The #4 dial has been cleaned and calibrated and lubricated. The nickle fingerstop polished. The beautiful sounding brass bells with brass striker have been poilshed to bring the best sound.
We hope that you will get great enjoyment from listening to the old ring that only an antique telephone can provide.
This Western Electric 302 telephone works well and will give you a lifetime of use and enjoyment.
These 1937 302 desk sets very seldom come along and they are very much sought after.
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