302 - U.S. Army - Signal Corps - TP-6-A - Chrome

302 - U.S. Army - Signal Corps - TP-6-A - Chrome
SKU 24786
Price: US$429.95
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History

Western Electric quit making civilian telephones in 1942. They began producing a U.S. Army version (TP6A) in mid 1945. The D-170901 contains some of the features included in the later TP6A, including the rubber-coated capacitor. The fungus treatment and rubber-coated capacitor indicate these phones were designed for a tropical climate. The base is has not been repainted and retains the original U.S. Army Signal Corps stamp. We have re-wrapped the feet with new leather and added new black cloth covered line and handset cords.

 

The Restoration Process

Dial – Dial has been fully disassembled, cleaned, lubed and timed to ensure years of trouble free service. The outer edge of the dial has been stripped and repainted with a gloss black. Unless the dial is removed, this is something you will rarely ever even see, but this is how it would have come from the factory. The number plate has been cleaned and a perfectly matching overlay has been applied. The finger wheel and dial card ring have been freshly chrome plated finish. A brand new die cut dial card and acetate cover has been added as well.

Cords – The phone has been outfitted with brand new cloth covered black cords that are made in house on the same type of equipment originally used by the phone companies. They look amazing. The line cord has a modular connection to facilitate a modern connection to your wall jack.

Shell – The shell has been professionally chrome plated and will not peel like most home plating. The mirror finish is absolutly stunning and will last a lifetime.

Handset – Handset has been ultrasonically cleaned to get all imbedded debris out. It is then sanded through a 4 step process (400, 800, 1000, 2000 grit) and buffed back to its beautiful original shine.

Base – The base is completely stripped of all its components and painted with a high gloss black. The components are then cleaned, tested and reinstalled.

Feet – The feet are disassembled and sand blasted. They are then rewrapped with super soft pig skin suede leather to ensure it does not damage the table it proudly sits on.

The phone goes extensive testing before to ensure it is in perfect working condition prior to shipping.

 

Dial Options

Number 6 - default - The last technology jump for 3 inch dials. A smooth return and light weight for dialing highlight this choice. It is sturdily built and very reliable.

Number 5 - The predominant dial of the 40's and 50's was replaced by the number 6 for a more universal fit. The number 5 dial features a "whirr" sound upon its return and a good weight for dialing.

Number 4 - This is the first 5 contact, 3 inch dial. The real joy of the dial lies in the highly sought after "clickity-clack" sound that was eliminated with the introduction of the number 5. What was eliminated from customer complaints, is now one of the features that  collectors look for most in hunting out the vintage phones.

 

We are now also offering the option to have your telephone number printed on the dial card in the center of your fingerwheel. Select this option with the drop down menu, and type in the request in the comments section of the order or email us at Oldphoneguy@Oldphoneworks.com 

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