CRADLE PHONES

Hal Belden, 3090 S. Bascom Ave,
San Jose, CA 95124
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1925 Western Electric A1 cradle phone. This was their first cradle phone. Commonly considered a test bed for the new (and their first) commercial handset,
the E1, it had limited distribution and is now a very sought after phone. And no, I don't have one to sell.
I included this here for reference.
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1929 Western Electric 102 (or "B" mount) round base cradle phone. #2HB dial, 150 number plate, E1a handset, 634 subset, modular cord, new powder coat finish. This model was made from 1927 to 1930.

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c.1930's Western Electric 202 (or "D" mount) oval base cradle phone. #4 dial, E1a handset, 684 subset, modular cord, new powder coat finish. This model built from 1930 to 1936. Western Electric continued to rebuild and use these phones into the 60's.
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1937 Western Electric 302 square base cradle
phone, metal body, 1937 #5 dial, marked 1937 E1b handset, modular cord. This is the very rare first version with reverse mounted network, flat bottom, riveted feet, vents in the handhold and the wide cradle with small switch buttons. Made for less than 12 months in 1936-37. These have become very sought after by collectors and very much harder to find now. H1 designation on back. Everything marked '37' except the ringer, which is unmarked. Has new brown cloth covered cords.

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Late 1937 Western Electric 302 square base cradle
phone, metal body, #5 dial (marked 1937), new
powder coat finish, E1b handset, modular cord.
This is a late first version with reverse mounted network, flat bottom, and the wide cradle with small switch buttons, but no vents and the feet are screwed in. H1 mark dimly visible on back.
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For an overview of these early 302's
click here.

For a wonderful page of Western Electric prototypes from Paul F click here
and an overview of ALL the 302's, here.


 

Early 1940's Western Electric 302 square base cradle phone, metal body, #5 dial, new powder coat finish, F1 handset, modular cord. This version made from 1938 to the early 40's. They were all plastic after 1946.

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Western Electric 5302 square base cradle phone, plastic, #5 dial, F1 handset, modular cord. In the early 50's Western Electric started a rebuilding program involving the 302 phone which was rebodied with a rounder, more modern looking body shell. The only mechanical change they made was to make the ringer (slightly) adjustable. NOS body shell! Sold
Late 1920's Automatic Electric AE1 cradle phone. Early tall cradle, chrome metal bands on handset and chrome finger wheel on AE24 dial, bakelite body with felt covered base plate, brown cloth cords. Introduced in 1925, this was their first dial cradle telephone and one of the most beautiful and graceful desk top phones ever produced. This tall cradle version has become very difficult to find.
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Late 1920's Automatic Electric AE1a cradle phone. Brass metal bands on AE38 handset and brass finger wheel on AE24 dial, black bakelite body, brown cloth cords. Introduced in 1925, this was their first dial cradle telephone. Black AE metal subset included. Sold
1930's Automatic Electric AE34 cradle phone. Blackened metal bands on AE38 handset and black finger wheel on AE dial, black body and black cloth cords.Introduced in 1933 until replaced in 1939 by the AE40. This was their first self contained bakelite one piece telephone. Sold
1940's Automatic Electric AE40 cradle phone. Chrome on bands on handset, carrying handle and finger wheel on dial, black body. Excellent condition. Metal banded handsets are getting very difficult to find. Introduced in 1939 and made into the early 50's.

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1925 Kellogg "Grabaphone" dial cradle phone, The first version of Kellogg dial cradle phone. Used the normal Kellogg non-dial candlestick phone base but with a dial mount pressed out of one side. These used either the Automatic Electric #23 dial or the very early small diameter Kellogg dial. EXTREMELY
rare (and not for sale).
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1927 Kellogg "Grabaphone" dial cradle phone, one
of the earliest dial cradle phones made, and VERY rare. First made in the early 20's. Original nickel, new network, original AE24 dial, with a Kellogg subset. These have become almost impossible to
find. These were often used in the Basil Rathbone
Sherlock Holmes series and can be seen in
"Charlie Chan in Paris". There is a white, painted one in "The Canary Murder Case", a Philo Vance mystery from the late 20's
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Late 20's Masterphone 730. This is the round based cradle phone, the first Masterphone. It used the same base as their dial candlestick phone. AE24 dial and original black powder coated subset. Sold
1930's Kellogg Masterphone 1000 "RedBar", so named because the hook switch under the handset is
a red plastic bar. This is one of the very hard to find metal bodied ones and represents one of the last of
the "Masterphone" series, a heavily Art Deco influenced series of designs. The name is the model name of the particular handset found on all these models. See above. This one has a new black powder-coat finish.
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Mid to late 20's Stromberg-Carlson #1178 dial cradle phone. This was Stromberg's first dial cradle. Has the proper 1177 handset and small diameter, brushed
nickel North dial with correct spacer. New powder coat and network. Original metal subset. VERY rare phone!
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