This is an antique ship’s telephone produced by Fernsig Essen in Germany. The label on the phone shows that it is Type 5111. There is a standard rotary dial system on the face of the phone. This is a sound-powered telephone and the mouthpiece used to power the phone hooks to the right side of the phone. Unfortunately, the cover over the mouth piece is missing.
The height of this antique telephone is 14 inches. When mounted to the wall, it will extend out 5 inches. The width measures to be 8.5 inches. The phone weighs 10 pounds.
“In short, sound powered telephones are useful in any situation where two or more people must communicate who cannot hear or cannot see each other, when clear, reliable communications are imperative”
If you’re interested in learning more about sound-powered telephones and how exactly they work – check out this neat little website we found about them by clicking here!
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