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 200 series 300 Series Magneto Telephones 500 Series Belgian Danish Others Bellsets Wallphones

Bakelite Wall Telephones Type 311, 354, and 366

The Siemens Wall Telephones.

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  • General Information Click Here

    • This series of wall phones were made by Siemens Brothers of Woolwich London from 1931. The Automatic Telephone Manufacturing Company also made a broadly similar device.

    • This range was made for private systems such as hospitals, but most were exported to be used in national telephone systems. 
      The 311 and 354 models generally date to 1932, and the 366, 1946 to 1951. They are all of similar appearance.

  • Historical Information Click Here

    • All those that I have were exported to Canada mainly to the Provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

    • Wall telephones were much more widely used in North America than here in the UK. The GPO Bakelite wall phones are much rarer.

  • Technical Information Click Here

    • Electrically the 311 is similar to a GPO 232 with its bell set 26.

    • The 354 and 366 models were probably not used in the UK, as they were designed for long distance work. Both have much higher impedance bells than the 311. The anti-side tone and impedance matching transformer also differed. This reduced losses while the telephone was in use, and provided more reliable ringing.

    • They all used a handset based on the Ericsson design for the GPO. The mouthpiece was different with a flatter design, than the conventional GPO mouthpiece.

To see a larger picture, click the thumbnail image.

Click to see a large image of Type 366These telephones are included in the both the 200, 300 and wall phone sections as they range in date from 1931 to the early 1950's.
The hinged front enabling easy access to view the internals is a useful feature.
The bells are built in.
Note the flat mouthpiece differs from the usual curved GPO pattern.

Type 366 post-war
Type 354 and 311 pre-war
There are only a very few of these telephones left. They are now priced individually.
See my shop for the latest restored example

The last good examples have now all been sold.

Prices from 180 depending on age and condition.

There will be some available with minor cosmetic defects at bargain prices in the shop from time to time.
I would prefer not to sell these by mail order as the customer ought to inspect them before buying. They will still benefit from my usual guarantee.


Click here for spares    Have your 311-354-366 converted

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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.

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

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