How to spot a
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
Note the cradle left rear leg. Also it is the 162 model and looks quite
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
has a taper location. the handset often cracks apart above the mouth
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.