wall telephone, 1880-1920

Made:
1880-1920 in United Kingdom
maker:
Unknown

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Wall telephone with mica-diaphragm transmitter and built-in bell, unknown maker, probably British, 1880-1920.

The majority of early telephones were wall mounted, with a transmitter connected by a cord. A separate battery was needed to power the phone, and sometimes the bell set was also housed separately.

Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1981-523
Materials:
copper (alloy), metal (unknown), mica, paint, plastic and wood (unidentified)
type:
telephone
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
On loan from the Wellcome Trust