Sleek but functional, this fun vintage "Ericofon" telephone is the epitome of "Eames Era" design.
It remains in outstanding vintage condition and works wonderfully.
This is the Ericofon Rotary Telephone, often called the "Cobra" phone.
The phone was designed in the 1940's when the L. M. Ericsson Company saw a need for a sleek, lightweight, and easy-to-use telephone.
The style was manufactured and became wildly successful over the next two decades.
The phone was touted as perfect for bedside or hospital use, due to its ease of operation.
The genius of the phone comes from its "hookless" design; rather than "hanging it up" as you would a traditional phone, a button on the base acts as the "switch hook" instead.
When the phone is lifted, it activates and the dial tone can be heard.
To hang up, simply set the phone down on a flat surface.
This big red button is surrounded by a rotary-style dial.
The number and letters are printed in large black type and remain very well preserved.
Other marks on the underside of the phone include the "Ericofon ®" logo as well as "North Electric Company, Galion, Ohio".
The "Ericofon" logo can also be seen embossed on the black rotary dial.
This brilliant design allowed the phone to be highly functional while appearing incredibly sleek and attractive.
When home-sales of the Ericofon began in the mid 1950's, it was offered in a wide range of colors from classic beige (like this one), to pink, chartreuse, red, aubergine, and many others.
The phone includes a long cord with a traditional wall phone-plug. We have tested the piece and it works fantastically.
The phone shows very little wear at all and remains in absolutely outstanding vintage condition.
Designers and decorators with a penchant for all things retro are sure to love this classic phone.
Measurements: 8 1/2" tall, 5 1/2" deep, 3 7/8" wide, Base measures 4 1/2" long and 4" wide Weight: 14 oz.