Status: SOLD!
Date: 9/12/2012
Venue: eBay
Price: ??,???
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Vtg Antique Western Electric Crank Phone Ringer Bell Box 3 Bar Magneto Generator

This listing is for a vintage antique Western Electric hand crank telephone ringer box. It contains a 3-bar magneto generator. The box features dovetail construction and several different markings (listed below). The box has some scuffs and wear but is in good condition overall. Sometimes when we turned the crank the bells rang and at other times, they didn't. We're unable to test it further so it's selling as-is. The box doesn't have the original key but we'll include another key that we were able to use to lock and unlock it. This listing has no reserve price so don't miss your chance to win!

The winning bidder can also pick up this item at our store in Winooski, Vermont to save on shipping charges. All local pickups are subject to 6% Vermont state sales tax.

Markings on the box: 

  • The top is marked "L" on both sides
  • The front is marked "A 1829" and "Western Electric Company Chicago & New York"
  • The right side is marked "Patented Apr. 16.1878 Jan.9.1883 - Other Patents Applied For - Made For The American Bell Telephone Co. And Licensed To Be Used Only With It's Telephones"
  • The inside part of the ringer is marked "Pat.Dec.17.1878"
  • The hinges are marked "Pat. Nov.11.1879"
  • The metal plate on the magneto is marked "Pat'd July 20.1880"
  • The cradle is marked "Pat.May.27.1879"

Please check all of the available shipping methods and costs prior to bidding.

The winning bidder can also pick up this item at our store in Colchester, Vermont. All local pickups are subject to 7% sales tax.

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