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Early Kellogg Tiger Oak Wall, Hand Crank Telephone, Nice!
Very pretty, solid red tiger oak wall telephone produced by the Kellogg Switchboard & Supply Company, founded in 1897..the mouth piece reads "Kellogg Chicago USA, Pat'd Nov 26, 1901"..there is an impressed number close to the bottom of phone "2058"...it has been refinished at some time displaying a nice rich finish... the bells, end of mouth piece, part of the crank handle and ear piece have been painted...the outside of phone appears to have its original parts...I'm not sure if all parts are present on the interior so I took a couple photos (see 8th & 9th photo) I did notice that there is also a piece of the cloth cord on the interior which is not connected, I think it may have been connected to the bells(?) as when I turn the crank handle the bells do not ring....this phone is in excellent structural condition, very clean inside & out, only a couple small nicks to the wood,the cloth cord has some fraying by the ear piece...underneath the shelf there is some darkening which can't be seen when displayed (6th photo).. no breakage or damage noted other than I found 2 tight wood stress lines at very bottom of phone which is caused by natural aging(see 6th photo), ... I'm not sure if all interior pieces are present or in working condition as I do know the bells don't ring when cranked...the back of the phone,which hangs against the wall, is dark as it was not refinished...phone measures 26"long, 8"wide, with the mouth piece it measures 14"deep, measures 11 3/4"deep, the case itself measures 5 1/4"deep..great phone to add to your home décor....
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Cheryl Plue, Galesburg, IL
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