This classic French telephone was the telephone that brought voice communications to the masses. It was heralded at the time as a "universal" telephone when first introduced in 1943, and thereby got its name, the "U43". The U43 was an ambitious project at the time - it had to be compatible with a variety of legacy communications systems, whilst requiring as little metal as possible in its construction, as this was in short supply during the war period. For this reason, bakelite was chosen to be the material of choice for the body - a departure from earlier telephone design - which also allowed for more elaborate shapes to be conceived, resulting in the classic styling of this telephone. The attached "mother-in-law" listener became a feature of French telephones well into the 1970s. When not in use, the extra listener sits in its cradle behind the telephone out of sight.
- Rare, original, GPO bakelite telephones
- Fully restored and working
- Supplied with a modern BT plug as standard
- Fitted with the correct plug for your country`s network if sent outside the UK
- Full 1 year warranty from date of purchase.
Full repair service available after this period.
We often hear from people who have recently found
our website, that they always wanted an original authentic bakelite telephone,
but didn't know where to find them and, if they did ever come across one, it
was usually in poor condition, didn't appear original, looked as if it might
not work, or was priced way beyond their budget. We are therefore pleased to
offer our genuine, high-quality, restored and working classic bakelite telephone
range to those who wish to have the peace of mind that their investment represents
value for money, is protected by a guarantee, and can be backed up with a full
repair service if ever needed. These phones will work in virtually every country
and, in many cases - if you let us know beforehand - we can make sure the telephone
is delivered with the correct plug for your telephone network. All telephones
have a 12 month guarantee. We also offer a full repair service.
Bakelite - : Around the turn of the century, the Belgian born scientist Dr.
Leo Baekeland, working as an independent chemist, mixed carbolic acid and formaldehyde
to produce, quite by accident, a beautiful and versatile substance which came
to be known as "Bakelite". Bakelite's many uses allowed it to become a standard
item in the family home of the 1930s and 1940s, and was the standard material
for making telephones during this period. Although Bakelite could be produced
in a number of colours, it was rare that the telephone companies exploited these
possibilities; just like the early Ford motor car - "you can have any colour,
as long as it's black".
Our telephone specialist has been specialising in telephones since 1972, bringing over 40 years of experience and dedication to the location, renovation and selling of old and vintage phones. Even the earliest of instruments come lovingly restored and all but the odd early collectors piece come with a 12 month guarantee in full working order. Virtually any phone can be made to work in any country and we will supply your phone with the correct plug for your telephone socket. Telephones have proven an excellent and functional investment over the years, and, for example, the last dial phones used in Britain (the 700 series) are now also beginning to appreciate rapidly. We currently have (diminishing) quantities of most of our original phones, so why not make an investment we are sure you are not going to regret.
Usually sent to UK mainland addresses on a next-day courrier service. Delivery overseas can take a few days longer. We generally dispatch sameday if you order before 12 noon. When you input your address details, you can also add special delivery instructions. In any case, we email you your tracking details, so you will know when delivery will be attempted.