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c. 1899-1902 - Nice looking #10 having perch
stamped on side rather than on back, equipped with a 7-digit
beveled faceplate, early 1885 dated back cup and unusual
Additionally, it is sporting a
very old oxblood red mouthpiece of an unknown manufacturer.
I have never seen another come close to this stunning color.
It is my favorite non-glass mouthpiece.
I display this rare pony style
receiver because it could have been found with this phone.
It is an early Western Electric bipolar 2-piece pony
produced from 1894 - 1900. This one has a beautiful brown
hue as a result of more than a century of aging.
|Shown here is the #10 sitting on top of a wall mounted
Type 5 magneto box, wired to a #13 induction coil that is
rack mounted and #43F extension ringer. This is an example
of how one might find a WE #10 before or around 1900. The
Type 5 mag box was designed to sit a candlestick telephone
on top. I purchased the setup some years ago (excluding the
#10) from a gentleman who used it as a teaching tool in his
classroom. NOTE: The wiring shown is for display and
|There is much discussion surrounding the specifics of
the Western Electric #22's & 20B's. Personally, I have
grouped them into earlier, mid and later categories,
although not set in stone, and noting there are additional
variations not discussed here....as well as variations of
the variations. This is just my way of identifying various
notable differences in these models during production.
can say for certain that the earlier style #22 had an
unmarked perch & base, the base equipped with a screw on
cord grommet and cast iron "crows foot" style stem bolt and
side tube mounted switch rack. Some noted exterior
differences in later style #22's are the perch marked with a
22 and pot metal "crows foot" style stem bolt and base cover
Earlier 20B's I have come across have been virtually the
same configuration as the later #22's with the exception of
the perch marking and changes in the switch plate
configuration. Later variations of the 20B's have
differences in the perch changing from the Hershey kiss type
to solid type, various perch markings, marked base with
pop-in grommet and later style stem bolt that anchors the
switch rack and base cover.
|Another couple notable changes include the
thumbwheel used to adjust the perch was 1-1/8" diameter on
earlier #22 models changed to a smaller 7/8" diameter.
Additionally, on early #22's, the lug that attached the
perch to the transmitter cup had a beveled edge and was
replaced with the common style having a distinct flat edge.
I am unaware when these size/shape changes occurred,
although likely early on the #22 production.
#22 Desk Stand (Earlier Style)
c. 1902-1904 - Earlier type Unmarked
Hershey Kiss Perch. 7-Digit faceplate. Threaded bakelite
cord grommet. Equipped with a very rare milk glass Whisper
A)-Earlier cast iron "crows foot" style
B)-Wood/metal sided base cover
#22 Desk Stand (Later Style)
c. 1902-1904 - Later type Marked Hershey
Kiss Perch stamped with 22. Threaded bakelite cord grommet.
NOTE: A glass Flint Sanitary Mouthpiece with the
Telephone Pole in the glass.
A)-Later pot metal "crows foot" style stem
B)-Wood/metal sided base cover
|The pictures below display the markings on both the
transmitter and receiver cap. The transmitter is marked
WESTERN ELECTRIC COMPANY D6432, and although well worn, the
receiver is marked WESTERN ELECTRIC COMPANY D4572. D#
designations were apparently used for evaluation in the
field. Likely, the receiver and uninsulated transmitter were
prototypes/test models of some sort. The transmitter likely
prior to the insulated 323 or 339 types.
"20-B" stamped into "Hershey
Kiss" style perch. Base has no markings with early screw-in
type cord grommet. Side screw in shaft.
Note: 7-digit flat face
transmitter with "Whisper It" glass mouthpiece.
"20-B PATENT APPLIED FOR" stamped into "Hershey
Kiss" style perch. Unmarked base with pop-in bakelite
cord grommet. Side screw in shaft. Early crowsfoot type
stembolt. This phone is in pristine original condition
including original cords.
The mouthpiece is a "STERLING
SANITARY MOUTHPIECE" one of my favorites.
Mid-production model, model number and patent dates stamped
into solid type perch.
Note: "Whispering Glass" mouthpiece.
1903-1907 - Mid-production model, model number and
patent dates stamped into solid type perch.
This more difficult to
find model 20C outwardly looks identical to the 20B. Notice the interesting back
cup grommet having fins around the edge, I assume, to assist
in placement and removal. Second style 143 receiver.
Western Electric #20B Desk Stand
production model with perch stamped 20B & patent dates stamped
into base. Solid
perch, 7-digit OST receiver, courtesy coin box, rare 128A nickel
number card holder, "Original mint Red Cross mouthpiece"
#293A Compact Wall Telephone
1905-1915 - I liked
this compact walnut phone because it was a bit different as
it is stamped Special Type 293A. The noticeable difference
is the second lower receiver hook that is spring loaded, to
secure the receiver.
This application could have been for special use on a ship
or train. It is the earlier style of this model, having the
early lock mechanism and the door hinges with patent info "PAT'D
NOV 16 1886" stamped into them.
Equipped with a beveled
face transmitter marked "WESTERN ELECTRIC COMPANY".
Western Electric #22 - #20B - #20S Desk
c. 1902-1912 -
Started life as a #22 - updated
to 20B - updated to 20S. Hershey Kiss perch, MAXIM glass
mouthpiece, early number card holder.