Other Wallsets and Intercoms
Ericssons also manufactured a range of compact wallsets. This section contains
a mixture of models. Like the desk sets, the small wall sets were designed to
use a separate battery box if necessary. Construction was up to Ericssons
normal high quality, although the range contains a number of British budget
models which show some economies in fittings like the switchhook.
The small steel cased sets were intended for tropical use like their big brothers.
They do not appear to have been used officially in Australia, but were offered
for private sale here.
The intercoms usually have a simpler style of transmitter, switchhook, etc.
Some of them are shown here, as they do turn up occasionally. The Beeston factory
in Britain generated a large number of designs. Many of these were special-purpose
phones for Britains expanding rail and colliery systems, and these were
also exported widely to the British colonies. Since there is little to indicate
this use, they look much like ordinary intercoms. A complete coverage of the
British phones is available on Bob Freshwaters The Telephone File,
or from his website.
Many non-Ericsson intercoms were produced in the United States using Ericsson
parts, and these turn up fairly often at auction. They are quite understandably
mis-identified as Ericsson because the transmitter is the only branded part
on the phone. See the section on United
States Ericsson for some examples.
Both intercoms and standard wall phones underwent modification to convert them
to a bakelite handset when this became available. Those phones which were built
to take the bakelite handset will have usually an appropriately modified cradle
or switchhook, but collectors will find that a lot of the original phones have
simply been refitted with a bakelite handset with a hanging loop screwed into
the back of the receiver. This was then hung from the original unmodified switchhook.
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