Antique Telephones: We're cranking now

Reviewed by:
Rosemary Thornton
Here's a fun addition to your old home's vintage d?cor: an authentic, early-1900s telephone.

The folks at Phoneco recondition these phones, and they replace the receiver and mouthpiece with reproduction parts.

Magnetos and cranks are repaired as needed -- so that a few turns of the crank will jingle the bells.

The base price for a non-working phone is $395 to $450 (September 2004). For an extra $125 to $150, the phone can be wired to accept calls or, if you would like, equipped with a touch pad -- hidden inside the phone's old battery compartment -- so that it can accept and make calls.

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