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Larry & Carole Meeker
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Early Telephones / Telegraphy & Related Antiques

We 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 Candlestick Telephoneother 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.

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Early telephones are becoming very difficult to find.  Below are some examples of the types and styles of vintage vintage telephone 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 in 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 antique pay phone 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 vintage phone 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 vintage phone 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 thos typically seen offered for sale on ebay. 

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 telegraph keywere being experimented with and developed elsewhere and earlier he was the driving force and most influential American name associated with its development

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.  Progress.

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 Antique Telegraph Key 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 antique telegraph key 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.   vibro plex telegraph key

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 you ASAP

The above are examples of the caliber, condition and quality of telephones and Telegraphy related antiques that I am primarily interested in and can help you with

To see examples of similar antiques that I currently have for sale please go to our sister site at visit the numerous sale pages you will find there. 

Thank you!!
Larry & Carole

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