How to spot a reproduction                                                

This is a nice easy way to spot a reproductions model 200 series from genuine article. The reproductions were made in the 1980s and probably not to fool people but to enable people that like this model but could not afford the real thing. The mouldings are made from a thermo setting material and were used in conjunction with genuine dials and internals. Some had a 700 series board inside and work perfectly. In recent times these have actually been quite sought after as the originals are now very rare and in perfect condition almost unobtainable. Of course there are people that will try to pass them off as genuine and so this is why you need to study these pictures or go to a specialist dealer. These pictures below will point out the most obvious ways to spot the difference. This should be used as a general guide so that when out and about or at an auction you know a little of what to look out for.
My name is Neil Carpenter at www.antiquetelephones.co.uk



Reproduction                                Genuine


Note the cradle left rear leg. Also it is the 162 model and looks quite primitive.


The base and body are quite good and hard to tell from a picture. The oval in the
underside of the handset is marked 164 35 and stands proud rather than sunk in.
This is often filed out and so plain with no oval.


The mouth piece rim is larger and has an undercut lip. The genuine on the right
has a taper location. the handset often cracks apart above the mouth piece.
Also note the fixing screw inserts in the body that hold the base should be hexagonal in the genuine items
but are round in the reproductions.