Components

Ericssons built their phones from a range of standard parts that changed over the years as the technology improved. This section illustrates the more common parts, so collectors can assess if a phone could be an Ericsson.

The large wall phones were built in three main styles:

Pulpit style, with a transmitter mounted above the writing slope and a receiver at the side
Cradle style, with a handset mounted on a cradle fixed above the writing slope
Handset style, with the handset suspended on a switchhook on the left of the case.

More variation was provided by crest and base styles, type of generator, etc. Early styles used the spearpoint top and fishtail bottom, but in later models these were simplified. Most styles are illustrated. Over the years as the woodwork on the crest became damaged, some administrations simply cut the crest down to a simple flat-top . Later British phones produced at Beeston appear to have only had the round top.

Much the same arrangement appeared on desk phones. From the ornate and beautifully finished Skeletal phone through to the simpler tin box models with their decorative transfers, the evolution is one of simplification as the thriving markets demanded more and more production.

 

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