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

 Click here to go to British 300 1930's to1960's Ring back memories with Up    an old Bakelite telephone Click here to go to British Candlestick 1900's to 1930's       

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

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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


How to find me
About Us
What is in the Shop?
Mail Order
Frequently Asked Questions


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The Candlestick Telephone

Click to see a large image of Type 150The candlestick telephone as used here in The UK is based on the American Western Electric pattern. They date from the turn of the century to the early 1930's.

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200 Series bakelite

Click to see a large image of Type 232This style, was the first all bakelite telephone made for the British Post Office (GPO), and became their standard desk telephone during the 1930ís.

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300 Series bakelite 

Click to see a large image of Type 332The 332 bakelite  telephone was first seen in this country in 1932, and in production for the British Post Office from 1938 to 1959.

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500 Series

Click to see a large image of Type 500The 500 series telephone was the first of a classic design series introduced in the USA by Western Electric in 1949.

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Belgian Telephones

Click to see a large image of Belgian GreenThese telephones were made between 1956 and 1966 in Antwerp Belgium at The Bell Telephone Works. There are several other colours and models in this section.

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Danish Telephones

Click to see a large image of D08I have a wide range of telephones from Denmark and Scandinavia.

They date from the early 1900's to the 1980's.

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Other Telephones

Click to see a large image of Queens silver jubilee This section is for telephones that do not fit into the other categories. Examples include the very rare Queens' Silver Jubilee Telephone shown here.


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Wall phones

Click to see a large image of 366 I have various wall phones in stock from The UK, Belgium, Denmark and Switzerland. Others are available from time to time.

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Bell sets

Click to see a large image of Bellset 1A I have a large range of period bell sets



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Magneto Phones

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Buzby Posters


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All my telephones are original and are ready to use in the UK.
Most can be described as pristine. But they are old. There will be signs of wear and tear. Please read my FAQ page.

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  • Will your telephones work in countries other than the UK? 

    • IN MOST CASES, YES....But    Telephone technology round the world is constantly evolving. I cannot be sure that they will work in all cases. Generally the worst that could happen is that the telephone will not dial out. It should however ring, and accept incoming calls.
       My telephones are converted for use in the UK. I can supply information with the telephone to enable a local electrician to fit a suitable cord so it should work work in your country.
    •  Telephones for use in the USA and other countries using a similar connector, are supplied with a suitable adaptor. 
    • Telephones supplied for use overseas are sold subject to the provisions contained in the preceding two paragraphs.

  • Availability etc 

    • All the telephones shown on this web site are "in stock". This does not necessarily mean that they are restored and converted ready for sale.
      A tip for personal callers to the shop.
      The best selection of telephones can be seen after re-stocking on a Saturday morning.
    • As I usually only restore on an "as required basis", there may be some delay before any telephone is actually available for dispatch or collection.
    • All telephones are priced individually based on age, condition and features. Prices shown on this web site are only shown as a guide, and are based on the customer collecting the telephone from my shop.
    • In the UK most of our telephones were made by a cartel of companies manufacturing to a common GPO specification. In most cases parts were interchangeable, one telephone to another. This led to a uniformity of design, and in my opinion, stifled progress over the years. 
      For example, some parts used in dials in the 1920's are transposable with parts from the 1980's. 
      The net result is that, until the 1970's the basic range of telephones produced here in volume, was very limited.
    • Generally early UK stock is limited to the Candlestick, 200, and 300 series, but check out the "Other Telephones" page every now and then for specials.

Carriage, insurance etc are all charged extra on a pro-rata basis.
I strongly recommend that you contact me first before making a journey to see me.

Terms: Cash,  Visa, MasterCard and Switch. 

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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.

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.

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