Western Electric

Western Electric Prewar metal 302 rotary telephone Restored Working

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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.


Written by JEROME E RAPACZ on 5th Jan 2021

This telephone is in such outstanding condition that I am loathe to even use it. It will remain in the pristine condition in which it was received and will be relegated to my "museum." I am contemplating purchasing another similar phone as well. I could not be more pleased!!

Nothing “phoney” about this phone.

Written by Tom Wilcox on 18th Nov 2020

I purchased a fully restored Western Electric 302 phone from this seller. I have to say that this old phone has been restored to absolute perfection. Everything was exactly as described and was carefully packed for shipping. I have since connected this phone via a Bluetooth gateway and I am able to make outgoing as well as receive incoming calls. The 302 works great as it’s ringing reminds me of a time gone by. I would highly recommend this seller without reservation to anyone who is genuinely interested in preserving a piece of history.

302 for wifes Christmas present

Written by James P Martin on 9th Oct 2020

My wife for years wanted a "Lucy Phone. Intended to find one on eBay, then found The Old Phone Shop. Wrote Mark as to availabily and asked if it be used on UVerse. The answer was yes told me how to order (I did) and keep me updated when it would be ready, and when shipped. The package arrived well packed with no damage. My wife does not know about this order, I know I will score points this Christmas! Thanks, Mark. I will gladly refer your services.


Written 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!

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