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Early Oilcan, First Style "Ball behind Transmitter"

Click for larger view Early Oilcan, First Style, 1898 Detail of Base

c. 1898 - The earliest model oilcan had a cast brass base with the serial # stamped into the lower lip of the base. Equipped with Flat-back transmitter, early brass-bottomed receiver marked Stromberg & Carlson.

Brass Bottom Receiver Click for Closer Detail

Shown here is an 1894 Stromberg & Carlson Receiver. This is the earliest style of the SC brass bottom receiver and is very rare. Rather than having the normal Stromberg-Carlson stamped into the outside edge of the brass bottom, it is stamped Stromberg & Carlson. It would have been used on very early SC models, likely much earlier than this Oilcan. I think they are very interesting.

Note: The diaphragm adjustment for this receiver is done by using a key to turn the square peg located inside the receiver. On all subsequent models, the adjustment was made by turning the knurled adjusting band located on the outside of the receiver.

Early Oilcan "Ball Behind Transmitter"

Click for larger view of 1899 Early Oilcan Click for larger view of 1899 Early Oilcan Click for close-up of base and serial number
c. 1899 - Very similar to the first model with the exception of the spun brass base, which was less expensive to produce as well as being much thinner. The thin base required the relocation of the stamped serial # to the collar above the base. This model, for reasons I can only assume, had the number stamped into the spun base. It could have been produced during the transition, a test model, or prototype of some sort.

One of the characteristics of models with the spun base is the development of stress cracks as they age, which are visible in the close-up. If desired, they can be repaired.

Early Oilcan "Ball behind Transmitter"

Front View, Side view added on linked photo View of Perch

c. 1899 - Very similar to first model except change to a spun brass base and serial # stamped in collar at bottom of tapered shaft. Flat-back transmitter, early brass-bottomed receiver marked Stromberg & Carlson.

Stromberg Carlson Telephone Mfg. Co. Model #36

Closeup of Model 36 Click Here Click Here for Closeup Side View Closeup Click Here Top View Closeup Click Here Underside of Model 36 Click Here

c. 1900-1901 - I display this small wood wall phone because it is unique and the wood in such wonderful original condition. The entire rear compartment houses a large condenser. As do the oilcans during the same time period, it has the ball behind transmitter type mount that seems to be specific to this application. There is possibly another similar SC wood phone as I have an additional mount and transmitter where the mounting holes are spaced slightly different not allowing it to fit on this model.

Oilcan, Last model "Sleeve Mount"

Sleeve Mount Oilcan Oilcan Sleeve Mount Closeup of perch

c. 1900 - 1905

Oilcan, Last model "Embossed Transmitter"

Oilcan Embossed Transmitter Close up Embossed Transmitter

c. 1900 - 1905