Western Electric - 51AL - Nickel Plated

Western Electric - 51AL - Nickel Plated
SKU 20345
Price: $999.95
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Take a step back to the 1920s with this fully refurbished original Western Electric 51AL dial candlestick telephone.

The candlestick is a style of telephone that was common from the late 1890s to the 1940s.  A candlestick telephone is often referred to as a desk stand, and upright, or a stick phone.  Candlestick telephones feature a mouth piece (transmitter) mounted at the top of the stand, and a receiver (ear piece) that is held by the user to the ear during a call.  When the telephone is not in use, the receiver rests in the fork of the switch hook that protrudes from the side of the stand, thereby disconnecting the audio circuit from the telephone network.

The dial on this phone is an original Western Electric 5H (an upgrade to 4H dial is available.)  The dial has been cleaned, lubricated, and accurately adjusted to give another 80 years of faithful service. The porcelain plate on the dial can be your choice of a alphanumeric or numeric version, and is in very good condition. The phone has received a beautiful new nickel finish and the transmitter cup has been upgraded with a modern transmitter and network for compatibility with modern telephone lines. The transmitter face is complete with a near perfect original mouthpiece is made of bakelite that has been polished to a high sheen. The Type 144 receiver is also original and sounds great!  A new cloth covered receiver cord, and modular line cord, have been added to improve the appearance and performance of the candlestick. The bottom of the phone has been covered with a fine quality felt. A warbler is built into the transmitter cup to notify you of incoming calls (mechanical ringer upgrades are available.)

This wonderful piece of history carries a one year parts and labour warranty subject to our standard terms and conditions.

Do you currently have any rotary phones?   If the answer is no, it is always a good idea to call your local phone company and check if they still support “pulse” dialing. If they do, you are all set to go. If they do not, we offer an optional upgrade for this phone to allow the dial to work on tone only lines.  

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 given a nickel plated band to match the telephone. The number plate has been cleaned and a perfectly matching overlay has been applied. The finger wheel and dial card ring have been freshly nickel 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 brown 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 nickel plated and will not peel like most home plating. The mirror finish is absolutely stunning and will last a lifetime.

Receiver & Mouthpiece – The original bakelite receiver & mouthpiece have been ultrasonically cleaned to get all embedded debris out. They are then sanded through a 4 step process (400, 800, 1000, 2000 grit) and buffed back to its beautiful original shine. These bakelite pieces are close to 100 years old and look absolutely beautiful. 

Network - We have updated this telephone with a modern internal network that eliminates the use of a subset. This internal network also features a built in electronic ringer to enunciate incoming calls. We do have external bell ringers or subset available at your request.

Base – The base has been sand blasted and sealed with a clear coat to prevent rusting.It is 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.


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