British Western Electric Phones











Left: A "Europeanized" version of the WE Model 85, with more decorative woodwork. This CB wall phone was built for the British Post Office. It may also have been built by Consolidated.

Right: BWE Model 265. National Telephone Company's Tel No. 4. It was later taken over by the British Post Office as their Tele No 1. A similar model was built around the 1910s by Peel Conner using Western Electric parts - whether they had a contract with Western Electric is unknown. Since the style is so different from other Bell phones at the time, I suspect the phone owes more to Peel Conner than to WE . When WE developed a smaller induction coil it proved possible to reduce the phone's height, and the shorter 265 model is better known than the Model 85.

Many are found with Ericsson parts, which are possibly a later maintenance addition.


"Golf Ball" Candlestick











Left: BWE model based on Western Electric's No. 10 candlestick, with OST receiver and extendable pillar. (Aitken, courtesy Laurence Rudolf)

Right: BPO version, with polished steel stand (engraved with BPO model number) and a later receiver (Photo courtesy L Rudolf)













Left: BPO standard and reconditioned model, with black lacquer finish and later receiver.

Right: As used by the National Telephone Company, with their name around the base. Note the extra receiver.

Both photos courtesy Laurence Rudolf.












L to R:

Left: Model 5701B, a large magneto wall phone in the Ericsson style, listed in the 1902 catalog. Note the new model handset.

Centre: In early versions built by Consolidated it appears to feature an Ericsson cradle and handset. Model 5707was similar but had a side-mounted handset.

Right: Later model with a pressed steel cradle, also initially built by Consolidated.










Left: Model 5705 small wall phone, again very much in the Ericsson style.

Centre: Early small CB wall phone, basically a converted bell box.

Right: Another early wall CB phone featuring an extra receiver and Hunnings transmitter.










Left: Model 40045, an early steel-cased desk phone from the early 1920s using what became the standard European handset style.

Right: This model with Delville transmitter was exported to Japan,and later built there. Western Electric set up a joint venture company in Japan to produce their equipment, which became NEC.


Early Bell & Western Electric Phones

Consolidated Phones


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