Ericsson Desk Phones 4

Fig 22: CB Model CG1100, also known as the “Spider”. A basic extension or internal phone . The terminals, condenser and bells were built into a walnut wall box, or it was used within range of another ringer. It is rare, but repros exist. Old Model No. 388.

Variations: one example is known with a small tray mounted on one of the legs, to hold an extra earpiece. Model CG1110 is similar, but with a steel bell box. 1892 to about 1902.

Fig 23: CB Model BC2000. This model is distinctive for its two-storey construction. It uses the standard handset and cradle, polished walnut woodwork, and nickelled metalwork. Old catalogue No. 400. 1895-1911. This example is a later model with the sanitary handset.

Variations: A similar model with a more cylindrical bell and a straight cradle is known from Peel Conner.

Fig 24: CB Model BC2050. An alternate model to the BC2000. It was similar electrically, the main difference being the fixed cradle design and press-switch in the handset. 1892-1930. Intercom versions Model 765 and 771 had a semicircular rotary switch at the front bottom. Old No. 402.

Variations: It has also been seen with a more squared-off cradle with extra beads at the corners. This may be from another manufacturer, probably Sterling.

Fig 25: Model CG100 CB . Black painted steel case, black-painted wooden top and base, and simplified cradle. 1904-1920. Other finishes are known.
Variations: Model CG300 is similar but has a steel casting for the base instead of timber, and the basic cradle. In this form it was used by the Australian Post Office. It is often found with a dial added on, or a modified cradle for a bakelite handset.

Fig 26: Model CG400 CB .An all-steel case painted in black enamel and gold trim. This model was extensively copied and will be found with a wide variety of transfers and pinstriping. 1909-1922. The same style phone with a dial was available from 1922. They sometimes appear at auction with a red and gold Turkish Ericsson transfer. British Model N1300. An intercom version was sold in Australia as Model HA260.

Fig 27: Model AC400-440 . Wooden top plate, steel base and sides. Rarely finished in painted wood grain, or with 2 cranks. It was used by the PMG. British Model N2100. 1901 to approx 1922 . A common copy from Emil Mollers has an unbranded Ericsson transmitter housing and the handgrip is 138mm long against the LME’s 148mm. Model AC400 had a 3-magnet generator, Model AC410-AC440 had 4 magnets.

Fig 28: Model CG400, or with a dial it was Model DB255. From 1922 . In its automatic form it was in official use by the Australian Post Office and was probably manufactured in Turkey as well.

Variations : The cradle on this example is a late British pressed steel version. Most of these phones were issued with the basic cradle. Its life was fairly short, being replaced by bakelite phones by the late 1920s. British Model N1030.

Fig 29: Model AC500-540 Magneto Desk Phone. The magneto version of CG400, with a taller case for a 3-magnet (Model AC500) or 5-magnet generator (Model AC540). The dial model is similar, (dial on the front face) . Double magneto cranks could be fitted for a small extra cost. 1909-1920 approx. British Model N2150. A bakelite handset version is Model N2155., 1932. STC made a similar model with a curved handset handle.

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