Automatic Electric Company, Strowger “sunburst” dial desk set.

1903

model
Strowger sunburst dial (Automatic Electric Company)
manufacturer
Automatic Electric Company
condition
This desk set has a reproduction back plate, everything else is in outstanding original condition.

About

Extremely rare, this is considered one of the first desk telephones manufactured by Automatic Electric Company.  In 1903 the Strowger dial was redesigned to conform to a desk instrument.  The finger wheel was designed with the sun’s rays emanating from the center of the dial and that’s where it got the name “sunburst” dial.  The forked spear hook has rounded bulbous ends, not seen on the earlier wall instruments.  The transmitter face plate and cup are of the earlier small diameter, plain, without markings.  This 1903 telephone is taller, has a smaller domed base without a button, a skinny perch and outside wire leading to the transmitter. The scans are from an original ads, articles and printed pieces between 1902 and 1904.

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