We buy and can help sell your Antique
Telephones, Telegraph Equipment, Antique Office Equipment and Related Antiques!!
We deal in, and sell early & vintage telephones, antique telegraphy
and telegraph keys, stock tickers and
collectible office related antiques. The types of antique
telephones, vintage telegraph devices and office
antiques we are interested in date from the mid 1800's up through about 1920 or so.
Please visit the other specific pages in the left column and the general
to Buy Page on this site to see a general outline of the tool & technology
related antiques that we deal in and
can help you sell from our sister site
Early telephones are becoming very difficult to find. Below are some examples of
the types and styles of vintage
telephones that we sell.
The first picture is of a typical Candlestick style phone that is often
seen for sale in antique shops and at antique shows. This one is a
Kellogg and is a bit different
because of the nickel plating instead of being all black as the
most common antique telephones of this style are. In this style of phone I am particularly interested
varieties with different shaped bases or handles, those with dials or buttons, or
old telephones where the body has different shapes from the standard round tube seen here. I am
also interested in buying
just the handsets, and especially those with two
external terminals to attach the individual wires to instead of the single hole for
one wrapped wire as on the
phone above. They can come in different lengths and any are considered good.
This next picture to the right is also of a Kellogg telephone that is styled like
many foreign telephones that you see from France, Germany, and parts of
Eastern Europe. I am buying all early American phones from the well
known makers such as Kellogg
and Western Electric and am even more interested in ealier and more obscure
makers such as Stromberg Carlson, Westinghouse,
American Bell, Ericsson and a host of others.
We are also interested in early pay phones like the one pictured on the left. This style of phone is probably from the
20's or so and these also come in an array of different styles and designs
by different makers and I would be interested in any
pay phone from this era or before. I am
also interested in some antique wooden wall mount telephones in nice
original condition. The nicer and earlier the
better. If you have one you want to sell I need to see a picture of it,
and know the price in order to express any interest. I rarely
buy later common examples like those typically seen offered for sale on
Antique Telegraph Keys & Telegraphy Related Antiques
Samuel Morse is given credit for being the first American
to successfully utilize the idea of Telegraphy in America in 1838. Although the ideas for, and some implementation of the
ideas behind telegraphy
were being experimented with and developed elsewhere and earlier he was
the driving force and most influential American name associated with its
The idea was accepted and spread.
The first trans-Atlantic cable was laid in the 1860's and wires had
already been strung cross country. It was possible to communicate
with people across far reaches, with the touch of a button.
The design changes and improvements made to the "button"
or telegraph key are what I am interested in. The theory is
pretty simple. You send
Morse Code over the wires by opening and closing an electric circuit. But
like most ideas there was room for improvement and new designs, and the
process is still continuing. In a sense email is just the latest
type of telegraphy, but my interest stops a bit short of your last
keyboard, and are more focused on devices used to send Morse code in the
19th and early 20th century.
Telegraphy or antique telegraph keys come in many shapes
and sizes, and there are a lot of early examples that have a great look
and sense of design beyond the utilitarian thought of just interrupting
the electrical circuit for an instant. Very early keys went through a series of design changes
to meet the emerging technology, but given it was pretty simply just
turning on and off a circuit, the design
changes came to focus on or exhibit aspects of design and form for the
aesthetic touch. Many early keys are known as Hump-backs or
camel-backs and have a wonderfully graceful form that was lost with the
later introduction of low profile keys that used flat stock for the bar that most common
keys from after 1900 have.
Early telegraph keys usually were
offered on wooden bases, but some had nicely decorated cast iron ones
like the one just above.
Another interesting design are what are known as travel keys.
These came in small wooden, plastic or leatherette cases and could be taken on
trips or the train which usually followed the wires or visa-versa.
After that most changes had to do withy speed and trying
increase it, and that is
what designs like the Vibro-Plex and other modern speed keys are all about.
I am looking to buy almost any style of antique telegraph keys or Morse
Code senders as they are also known. Later keys like the Vibro-Plex or AtoZ or Electro-key from Fresno are all much later keys,
but they have a
place in the scheme of things and their design has changed considerably
since their intial introduction.
If you have antique telephones or
telegraph related antiques like telegraph keys that you want to sell, please contact us at
with complete details and any written
information that is on them, a picture of them if you can, and we will get back to
Medical / Quack
On this page we
will discuss & describe w/ picture some of the quality scientific and technology related
that we are always interested in buying and / or can help you sell. This includes tools and
technology related antiques that originate from the home, shop, farm,
laboratory or office.
Examples of scientific or medical related antiques that we seek would
include early microscopes by makers such as Queen, Bausch & Lomb, Zentmayer, Powell, Beck,
and a host of other lesser known names.
Earlier examples with tripod or crow feet bases as shown above are more
desirable and of
are active dealers in a broad range of technological or scientific
related antiques from many different
categories in addition to patented antiques of a mechanical nature.
A general outline of these additional types of antiques that we are
interested in buying and can help you sell can also be found on this site's
Other specific scientific
and technology related
antiques that we typically deal in are
covered in more detail on other pages at this site. Those page titles
w/ links are in the
left column while past sales price results in different categories can be found in the right
We also deal in and sell quack medical devices, as well as many other types of early office
antiques and technology from near the turn of
century or before. On the right is a Battery Quack machine that
was touted to cure all your ills through the use of electrical
There are many variations
on the theme of these devices, and we are interested in many early
versions of these devices that are in nice condition. Many look like things found in chiropractors offices today. From Violet ray or electric wands from the 20's to
what modern day
chiropractors use on patients now. The desire to incorporate the
latest technologies into everyday life never ceases and it seems they are always on the
cutting edge or fringe anyway. I had a neighbor tell me they now perform their magic
without ever even touching you, just using
machines emitting powerful curative rays and computers these days. Probably in an
attempt to limit liability.
We are also interested in early
surgical kits and surgical tools from
before the process of sterilization
was introduced after the Civil War. These surgery or amputation sets would
have ebony or ivory handles and oftentimes came as sets in fitted wooden boxes. We
are also interested in buying and can also help you sell things like early hearing aids,
stethoscopes, and other medical related antiques.
And More Technology Related Antiques
We are also interested in Globes, Orreries,
Tellurium's, Planetaria and other related planetary
devices associated with Astronomy and the universe.
We are also
looking for the missing link related to evolution so we can put that
argument to rest. Or definitive proof that the world is indeed flat and
that the moon is only 90 miles away so we can continue
believing and stop questioning what is so obvious.
category of scientific related antiques that we typically buy are scales.
We buy scales used to weigh just about anything. Those for eggs, or for weighing gold, to more
refined and precise scales that assayers weighing gold or persons in laboratories would
use. We are also looking for one that weighs truth as it comes from the
mouths of politicians or other speakers. We are about to submit an application for a patent on
the one I have devised. It
has a switch that makes the
speaker spout the truth. That is
all I can tell you for now, the rest is still secret.
can not tell, I have run out of things to say and am trying to get
to the bottom of the page. Please bear with me a moment longer.
We are almost there. Kind of like pulling teeth with something like the dental key
shown here was meant to do. We buy antique tooth keys and other
dental related antiques like this as well.
The antiques pictured are examples
of the caliber, condition, and quality that
we primarily deal in, seek to buy, and can help you sell.
If you have quality scientific related antiques
similar to those that you see on this page that you want to sell,
please contact us at
providing me with as many details as
To see examples of many other scientific
related antiques I have sold
in the past please go to the Past Sales Results Archive links in the right
To see examples of similar antiques that
we currently have for sale please go to our sister site at
visit the numerous sale pages you will find there.
Larry & Carole