Siemens & Halske Telephones

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This is by no means a complete list. There were regional variations to the basic designs and some S&H subsidiaries built their own models. I will add them to this page as they become available to me. Model numbers where given are from a South American catalog and may not correspond with German catalog numbers. If this is so, can anyone help me with the German model numbers?

Earliest Telephones










Top left: The early "butterstamp" style telephone used by the Post Office to introduce telephones across the telegraph network. 1878. This is the model with the whistle (the small tube at the top). The "rattle" signalling model had a small crank on the side of the handle.

Centre: Desk model, date unknown. Courtesy Bob Freshwater

Right: 1882 commercial model for customers premises.

Far Right: 1899 model.



By the turn of the century, the parts had become fairly standardised. These pictures may help collectors identify a Siemens & Halske telephone, but it should be remembered that they also sold their parts to many other builders.









Above: Typical generators.










Above: Handsets. Some models appear to have been modified Ericsson handsets, but the later ones were S&H designs using the Western Electric capsule transmitter.













Above: Receiver range from 1912 catalog. No 4715 at right has an extra strong magnet assembly and adjustable diaphragm.













Above: Transmitter range from 1912 catalog. The units at top right are the Western Electric capsule transmitter. The No. 4708 appears to be a Hunnings-type transmitter. Transmitter 4703 also uses the WE capsule.

















Above Left: Wall telephone from 1905. The ornate woodwork on the phone on this phone was soon simplified in the interests of faster production.

Centre: Magneto wall phone from 1910. It could be used as a telephone with a separate battery box , but S&H also made full-length backboard and battery box units 4057 or 4067 on which these phones could be mounted to make a twin-box phone.

Right: 4122 CB small wall phone.The induction coil is mounted in the bellset.



Dial Telephones












Above left: Model 09, 1909.

Centre: 1920 intercom.

Right: Model 1911 desk phone. With a later conventional dial it became the Model 19










!920s steel cased auto phone



Small wall phones (or topbox phones), so-called because they could be mounted on a large backboard with a battery box attached to form a complete twin-box phone.











Above left: Battery Call telephone Model 4001, about 1910. It used push-button signalling and was for internal use.

Centre: Model 4003, spoon receiver.

Right: Model 4005, handset.

These three options for one model were typical of Siemens & Halske's range.












Above: Magneto and CB wallphones. These could be supplied with different transmitters and magnet sizes.

Left: Model 4091. 3-magnet generator.

Centre: Model 4111. Fixed-transmitter CB wall telephone.

Right: Model 4112. As above with adjustable transmitter.














Above: CB wallphones from the 1912 catalog.

Left: Model 4113

Centre: Model 4116, 1911, steel case.

Right: Model 4126 buzzer-signalling CB wall phone. These were a Phonopore-style telephone for use over telegraph lines.













Above Left: 4061 small magneto wall phone with 3-magnet generator

Centre: 4063

Right: 4065, handset version.












Above Left: 4051 small magneto telephone, 2-magnet generator.

Centre 4053, spoon receiver equivalent.

Right: 4055, handset equivalent.


Twin Box Wall Telephone

These were made by mounting one of the above wall phones to a backboard/battery box to make a complete telephone. The backboard assembly was sold separately. This model from the 1912 catalog appears to be the only full-sized phone marketed by Siemens & Halske.


Left: Model 4093










Large Single Box Magneto Wall Phones

These were complete telephones somewhat in the Ericsson style, but with less elaborate woodwork. Although they were sold throughout Europe, the Ericsson phones seem to have outsold them.











Above Left: 4073 large pattern magneto wall phone with 3-magnet generator.

Centre: 4077, handset version with disk lightning protector.

Right: 4081, cradle handset version.


"Miniature" Magneto Wall Phones

Roughly similar in size to their Ericsson counterparts, but again with simpler woodwork. The 1905 model shown earlier shows how much the simplification has affected the outline of the phone. The trend towards less elaborate finish was partly a result of changing styles, and partly because of the need to increase production to meet demand.












Above Left: 4071 magneto wallphone with 3-magnet generator.

Centre: 4075 handset version with disk lightning protector

Right: 4079, cradle handset version.



Desk Phones











Above Left: 4008 , battery call intercom or extension phone.

Centre: 4042 main battery call station with pushbutton extension or line selection.

Right: 4086 magneto desk phone with 3-magnet generator














Above Left: 4088 dual-crank steel-cased magneto desk phone with 3-magnet generator.

Right: 4121 CB desk phone.


Loudspeaking Telephones


















Above Left: 4131 magneto wall phone.

Centre 4133 with 4-cell battery case

Right: 4136 with watertight case.
















Above : 4138. Iron-framed with 4-cell battery box.



Special Purpose Phones.












Above Left: 4096 Magneto phone with weatherproof teak case and indicator for incoming calls.

Right: 4142 Watertight Telephone, steel case.



Bakelite Telephones









Above: Model W28 in wall and desk versions. Although the phone bodies were metal, this phone marked the introduction of the bakelite handset.1928. The W36 was the first all-bakelite telephone.












Above: Model W38 in wall and desk models.1938.











Above Left: Model W1949 in ivory. From 1949.

Right: Non Switching Unit for BPO and Australian Post Office.

There is an excellent photographic comparison of these models at . It includes versions made by other companies.


Plastic Phones

With the introduction of plastics and extra features, the range of phones available increased dramatically. Only a few models are shown here.







Above: M55 1955 model, with the handset mounted vertically over the dial .







Above: The Grillo phone was one of the first "novelty" phones, and one of the first to use a folding shape to save space. Designed for Siemens by Richard Sapper and Marco Zanuso in 1966. The "clamshell" style lives on in many current mobile phones.








Above Left: 1975 Masterset 111.

Above Right: 1976s Masterset 113. This phone was sold by Telecom Australia as the Transit Courier.









Above left: Euroset 5030

Right: Euroset 805










Above: Profiset, 1990s.




"Foreign" Phones made by Siemens subsidiaries.













Above Left: Vienna, 1930s.

Centre: Neophone from Siemens Bros., London, 1924. There is an excellent article on the Neophone by Lawrence Rudolf at Bob Freshwater;s British Phones site at

Right: 1950s wall phone from Siemens Bros.








Above: Vienna, 1916


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