All telephones are available to buy by mail order
The 300 Series bakelite telephone
The popular 300 series bakelite telephone with its built
in bell, was the standard telephone issued by the GPO from 1937 to
The self contained 332 bakelite telephone design by Ericsson of Beeston
Nottinghamshire, England, was first seen in this country in 1932.
There is some controversy, especially among enthusiasts as to whether or not
they are genuine or reproduction telephones. My view is that they are
reproduction as they are made in the style of a British 332. Very few of the
parts are interchangeable with those of a British 332. I also believe that it
was not the intention of Indian Telephone Industries to create a telephone that
would deceive the public here, but the desire to develop an inexpensive
telephone for their local market. Unfortunately, they are frequently passed off
as genuine British telephones on eBay and in many antique shops and antique
fairs. They obviously have a value in their own right, especially some of the
coloured examples which were made in colours and colour combinations unheard of
from British manufacturers.
The 332 was the successor to the telephone type 232 and bell set 26.
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
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.
Emails to email@example.com or copy and paste firstname.lastname@example.org into your email programme or app .
By post to
The Old Telephone Company, The Old Granary, Battlesbridge
The Old Telephone Company respects your
privacy, and will not divulge any information about you to a third party.