Western Electric Prewar metal 302 rotary telephone Restored Working
Here is a very nice original Western Electric telephone.
It is the model 302 and it is the heavy Pre War type made of metal. It was the first Western Electric telephone to be designed with out a subset or outside ringer. Everything is self contained.
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.
We have finished this with a nice Black finish which was done by powder coating. As most of you know Powder coating is a extremely durable beautiful finish.
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 1/2 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 telephone has been pain stakenly restored just for you.
We use only top quality matching Brown woven cloth cordage that was manufactured just for telephone restoration for antique telephones. The wall cord has 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 handset has been highly buffed and polished. We use nothing phoney on our handsets.
The #5 dial has been cleaned and calibrated and lubricated. The nickle finger stop polished. The beautiful sounding brass bells have been polished to bring the best sound. We have recovered the bottom feet with new leather that is exactly like the original.
Many hours have been spent restoring this 302 deskset.
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.
Posted by Neil on 20th Mar 2013
In a time of declining standards and building down to a price, this product represents exactly the opposite.
If you want the best, this is the place!