BELL (ANTWERP)
TELEPHONE No's 27XX and 28XX (Bakelite cased)


The Antwerp Telephone

bell2724.gif (32197 bytes)This Telephone was developed by the Bell Telephone Manufacturing Co. (BTMC) of Antwerp in 1931.  These telephones were distributed and produced in the UK by STC as their 4XXX models.  These would have been supplied for and used on private telephone systems (PAX).  The early telephones can be identified by the engraved lines moulded into the 'ears' of the cradle, making them look rather like cats paws, whilst later produced telephones just had plain "ears" (the 1936 catalogue shows plain "ears").

Sometimes called the "Antwerp Telephone" this was the first Bakelite telephone that BTMC produced.

The phone was still present in the BTMC catalogues in 1952.

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Early style handset cradle with "cats paws"

They came in the 16 colours:-
Black, Red, blue and Green (Bakelite cased).
White and Cream (Urea cased).
Walnut, Light Mahogany, Cashew, Brown, Dark Red, Chestnut, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Light Green and Dark Green.

The Model 2724 table telephone superseded the Model 2712 (square base model) and the Model 2725 wall telephone superseded the 2713.

Variants
2724ARB - Automatic table telephone (Ordinary).
2724BRB - Automatic table telephone with earth recall above the dial.
2724E - Automatic table telephone - party line.
2724F - CB table telephone with no induction coil.
2725A - Automatic wall telephone (Ordinary).
2725B - Automatic wall telephone with recall.
2725E - Automatic wall telephone - party line.
2725ARA - 7 button Intercom wall telephone with bell.
2725ARB - 7 button Intercom wall telephone with bell.
2731C - 10 station rotary switch Intercom table telephone (with retard coil).
2731E - 10 station rotary switch Intercom table telephone.
2732A - Wall telephone.
2733A - Intercom table telephone - push button under dial and ringer.
2733B - Intercom table telephone - push button under dial and buzzer.
2734A - Intercom wall telephone.
2737C - 10 station rotary switch Intercom wall telephone with buzzer and retard coil.
2737E - 10 station rotary switch Intercom wall telephone with buzzer.
27185 - Automatic wall telephone with recall.

Numbers starting with "28" are generally tropical variants. 

Tropical Variants
2824A - Automatic table telephone (Ordinary).
2824B - Automatic table telephone with recall.
2825A - Automatic wall telephone (Ordinary).
2825B - Automatic wall telephone with recall.
2825G - Automatic wall telephone.
2824H - Automatic table telephone with earth recall.

Severe Tropical Variants (White Diakon)
2824ATR - Automatic table telephone (Ordinary).
2824BTR - Automatic table telephone with earth recall.
2825ATR - Automatic wall telephone (Ordinary).
2825BTR - Automatic wall telephone with recall.

Bathroom Variants
2845A - Automatic table telephone (Ordinary).
2846A - Automatic wall telephone (Ordinary).

Click here for the STC 2724.

How to wire a phone to diagram ST132 or BP10959 to work in the UK.


Pictures

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Model 2724A
 
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Model 2724B
 
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Model 2724B
 
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Model 2724B
 
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Circuit Diagram AP13416 for Model 2724E
 
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Model 2731C
 
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Model 2731C
 
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Model 2731C
 
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Model 2731C
 
Model 2725A - External view
 
Model 2725A - Internal view
 
Circuit Diagram ST 132 for Model 2725A
 
Circuit Diagram AP209753 for Model 2725
 

Model 2725A RB
 
Model 2725A RB
 
Model 2725A RB
 
Model 27186
 
Model 27186
 
Model 27186
 

 

 
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