Typical Sterling Fittings
Sterling phones had few identifying characteristics, but the illustrations below may help identify a Sterling. The cradle is probably the most definite identifier, but Sterling phones were also sold by GEC and may also have that company's fittings.
Typical Sterling cradles: 1: used on early wall phones 2: cranked simplified model 3: early desk phone cradle. Note the more ornate pillar. 4: Later simplified pillar- the conical shape is typical of the post-War models.
Typical Handsets: 5: Early Western Electric pattern 6: Later Ericsson handset 7: "Unbreakable" handset.
Transmitters: Little is known about the transmitters used, but Figs 8 and 9 are probably pre-First World War.
They were usually nickel plated. During and after the First World war, Sterling introduced their own handset. It was considerably simplified over the ornate early handsets and was often finished in polished brass. Figs 10 and 11 illustrate two that are known.