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WW1 Field Telephones (M1917)


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I have owned several WW1 period field telephones over the years but this pair is as nice as they come !! The original owner was a 42nd division vet in an artillery unit. He used this in his house and had hooked it up to his work shop. post-535-1182981037.jpg

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The materials and the shape of the handset are different but it's really not too different mechanically and electrically than the EE-8 series used in WWII and is probably compatible with the last field phones produced (in the 60's or 70's???). I like the little telegraph key on the top: in really bad conditions a Morse code message could get through when voice messages just could not be understood.


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I recently saw two of these sitting in a corner at a local antique shop. I had thought about picking them up. Just out of curiosity, what is the value of these WW1 field phones?

 

As always condition, condition, condition. 1 Phone will run anywhere from 45 to 125 USD but that was several years ago.

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  • 9 years later...

SI Gordon, awesome phones and thanks for sharing. I have one of the M1917 phones and agree that, due to its construction, was probably intended for use in semi-fixed positions such as dugouts and bunkers. It appears that your other phone has a leather shoulder strap--if so, could you show a close-up of the strap and/or hardware? If they were equipped with a strap, I'd like to try and make a replacement one for the phone I have.

 

Thanks Alan

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