This was one of a pair a collector friend bought. He sold me one of them to try to cover some of the cost. One of the more expensive items I bought for the love of telephones.
When I bought this telephone I had never seen one in original condition with all its side plates and decals intact. I have never seen one since and I bought this one at least 15 years ago. This is as you can see National Telephones and so is dated before 1912. It has a few parts missing such as one of the bells and the base plate. The handset has so of the Bakelite type material ground off as shown in one of the pictures. This is a very rare item and one for a museum or top collector. I have left untouched as it is may loose some of its total originality for a collector if I were to restore it.