c. early model: pre-1912;
later model: post-1912 - Here is a pair of Western Electric
20T's Intercom candlesticks, both nickel plated. The earlier
model is equipped with a solid perch having a knurled
thumb-wheel and the later model with a spun perch. Both have
The early model has a 3 piece
glass mouthpiece identified around the metal ring as: "THE
COMMERCIAL APPLIANCE CO. CHICAGO GERMLESS PAT. APLD." It is
manufactured to fit transmitters from various manufacturers.
I can see why these are rare, probably were never too
popular, as this mouthpiece is most difficult to attach.
The later model 20T is
equipped with a multi-colored Western Electric mouthpiece
with the star in the center of the grid. It is NOT a
reproduction, but one of a couple dozen, none the same, sold
by the family of a WE employee who made mouthpieces.
According to his family, he experimented with various colors
and kept the mouthpieces which were never put up for sale. I
obtained this and another of a beautiful shade of dark