1898 - Wilhelm Telephone Mfg. Company

fluted on wood base

1898 Wilhelm Telephone Mfg. Company fluted on wood base

Condition

Mint, original condition.

Comments

Extremely rare in this condition. c.1898.

 

Beautiful Wilhelm No. 9 automatic inter-communicating portable desk set with fluted shaft, wooden base and bee hive buzzer (on the back), equipped to call up to 20 stations. It is suitable for offices, banks and other places where the surroundings demand an elaborate instrument. The Wilhelm Double Diaphragm transmitter is unique and easy to recognize. Walter Wilhelm commenced the manufacture of telephones in Buffalo, NY in 1895. His entire product was sold and installed in that vicinity. By 1910 his company shipped telephones to all parts of the world and sent construction gangs all over the United States and Canada to install exchanges. One scan is from a wonderful old photograph showing a gentleman using a Wilhelm telephone, the other is out of an original Wilhelm catalog.