Phoenix Electric Telephone Co. potbelly desk set

1901

model
potbelly (Phoenix Electric Telephone Co.)
manufacturer
Phoenix Electric Telephone Co.
condition
Outstanding original condition, replacement wooden baseplate, several stress cracks in the potbelly

About

This truly is a spectacular telephone.  Unlike almost all of the other beautiful candlestick telephones in the collection, instead of nickel plating, this Phoenix potbelly was produced with copper plating. It has 10 numbered buttons in the base and a dial switch at the base of the shaft.  It has the traditional "TradeMark" logo on the transmitter and an outside terminal receiver. There is also a scan from an original Phoenix telephone catalog showing their potbelly with buttons on the base. This has to be one of the rarest telephones in the collection, never seen another like this, especially in copper.

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