The Old Telephone Company,  Essex, England
Established in 1986
Exclusively old telephones and parts for 25 years
I have personally restored and sold over 3000 old telephones

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All telephones are available to buy by mail order
15 post and packing to all parts of the UK.
Smaller parts post and packing is from 3.50 to UK only
You can collect from my shop at weekends by arrangement


Candlestick Spares
200 Spares
300 Spares
700 Series Spares
Belgian Spares
Wallphones Spares
Bellsets and Spares
Other Spares
Compact and Silver Jubilee Spares
Dial types
Cords, Cables
Bakelite Spares
Microphones and receivers
Wiring Accessories




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Handset cord (Black curly PVC). 


Handset cord (Black thin cloth covered replacement type).


Handset cord About 4 feet long Brown, Black or White cloth plaited, good quality reproduction. Complete with 2 cable ties.

Ideal replacement for damaged or worn out handset cords fitted to 200 and 300 series telephones.

As these are 4 core, they are also ideal for Belgian telephones and many other telephones.
If you are not sure, call me on the number below, and I will try to help.



Original brown plaited handset cord is not available


Charcoal grey modular cord 5 metre long original GPO/BT stock in original wrappings. Made by BICC part no 512302.
Standard BT plug one end and pcb connector the other.
5.00 with original pcb connector
6.00 with fork connectors


Black, brown or maroon modular cord 3 metre long with BT plug and fork ends


All the cords and cable in this section are new old stock from the 1920's to the 1970's. Most are in fairly small quantities. All are in very good to mint condition. Once they are sold, they will not be replaced.

All these cords were designed to cope with constant flexing. Nearly all were original GPO stock.

All measurements are approximate.

Handset cord, cloth covered 4 core 4 feet long 1/4" Diameter

Strain reliefs at each end





High quality 6 core cloth covered

Just over 5 feet long, nearly 1/3" Diameter





High quality 8 core cloth covered

Nearly 5 and a half feet long. 1/4" diameter





Really unusual cloth covered handset cord

Great for wall telephones

Just like new, and before you ask....and still is really elastic.

4 core, extends to about 4 feet.

I would guess it dates from some time in the 1940's-50's




Genuine GPO issue unused 3 core cloth plaited cord 15 feet long

Few only






Ultra-flexible cloth covered cord. 3 core. Just under 1/4" diameter. Off the coil

Many Many uses

10 Metre






2 Core cloth covered 12 feet

Not that flexible






4 core 14 feet

Make a great "period look"  extension cord





2 core cloth covered 6 feet just under 1/4"

Ideal to make into candlestick telephone receiver cords





2 core cloth covered 8 feet







4 core cloth covered test lead with plug and 2 standard GPO jack plugs

In original packaging

14 feet long. Just over 1/4" diameter

Think how many handset cords you could make out of this




Red cloth covered 3 core

4 feet long just under 1/4" diameter

Could make a replacement handset cord

Few only




2 core metal braid screened cloth covered

OK as a period microphone cable

Off the reel

2 a metre (Minimum 5 metres)




High quality 3 core cloth covered

Just under 1/4" diameter

Off the reel

4 a metre (Minimum 5 metres)

Bulk enquiries invited


High quality 4 core cloth covered Teal colour (beige/brown)

Just under 1/4" diameter

Off the reel

4 a metre (Minimum 5 metres)

Bulk enquiries invited







More to come.....Keep checking back





I have workshop facilities at Battlesbridge and stock some spares in the shop. Spares in the shop are only available "over the counter" when I am in attendance. See below.

  • Spares are available by mail order. For most small parts, post and packing is 3.00 1st class to UK only.
  • Payment for mail order spares is by credit/debit card only.

Most spares are second-hand and vary in quality from "as seen" to "reconditioned".

"Reconditioned" means a part which has been overhauled to working condition. It does not necessarily  mean overhauled to new condition.

All spares are subject to availability. Please enquire about any parts not listed, as I may have them.

I endeavour to keep to the above prices, but they are liable to change without notice



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Candlestick Spares ] 200 Spares ] 300 Spares ] 700 Series Spares ] Belgian Spares ] Wallphones Spares ] Bellsets and Spares ] Other Spares ] Compact and Silver Jubilee Spares ] Dial types ] Dials ] [ Cords, Cables ] Bakelite Spares ] Microphones and receivers ] Wiring Accessories ]
Credit/Debit Cards are the preferred method of payment. I no longer accept cheques.

If you wish to place an order, or have an enquiry, please read all below.

Please call me (Gavin Payne) by telephone if you wish to place an order for a telephone, spare parts, or have an enquiry.  I can usually be reached 9.00am to 5.45pm any day, including weekends. Calls in the evening are not appreciated and could make me very grumpy. The number is 01245 400601.

I am in the shop most Saturday and Sunday mornings between 10.00 and 12.00. These are the only times I am in the shop for the sale of spare parts, conversions and repairs.  Conversions and repairs can often be carried out while you wait.

If you have a telephone that you want to know more about, or have it repaired or converted, please have it right next to you when you call. Please also have a selection of small flat bladed screwdrivers to hand.
 I do not give advice for DIY repairs or conversions or valuations of any kind over the telephone or by email. Please bring the telephone to my shop for assessment, but always call me first before bringing it in.

Emails to or copy and paste into your email programme or app .

By post to The Old Telephone Company, The Old Granary, Battlesbridge Antiques Centre,
 Battlesbridge, Essex SS11 7RE.

The Old Telephone Company respects your privacy, and will not divulge any information about you to a third party.
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