SIEMENS BROTHERS No. 311
Siemens Brothers Neophone 310, 311, 312 and 366
Novice collectors are often baffled by these 200-type telephones with 300-series numbers on the paster diagrams but thats because Siemens Brothers (SB) had their own numbering system. The company named all of them Neophones, although the British Post Office (BPO) favoured the circuitry and shape of these instruments, only one pattern, the Type 310, was adopted by the BPO. According to Siemens advertisements at the time this was the worlds most efficient telephone, Not only exceptionally handsome in appearance and convenient to use but definitely superior to any other telephone as regards speech transmission efficiency and articulation.
Two patterns of handset were fitted to the phones, one identical to the BPO Telephone No. 164 design and another with a slotted cover instead of the normal spit cup over the microphone. This slotted cover occasionally turned up on BPO telephones, as Mouthpiece No. 18.
The pattern of Bellset used on the Type 310 is different from that adopted by the British Post Office (Bellset No. 26); it is considerably smaller and half an inch shorter in height than the standard Bellset 26. It has a semi-circular terminal strip, a fairly standard bell mechanism and slightly smaller gongs (two and a quarter inches in diameter instead of two and a half inches). There is a No. 16A Induction Coil with wooden coil cheeks and the base plate is universal as it can be used for the table Bellset and the wall phone Bellset, having two holes to line up with a wall bracket. The table set has a light gauge pressed metal cover over the base plate, with two large openings for vents which have a mesh cover. On this plate is quite a large transfer with Siemens Brothers & Co. Ltd. London and the relevant British and Commonwealth Patent numbers. The Bakelite case of the Bellset is also universal and does not have a cover as the standard Bellset does; this open top enabled them to mount the equivalent of a GPO Telephone No. 162 directly above without external cordage between telephone and Bellset.
Note: The Siemens Brothers part numbers are not the same as the GPO equivalent part numbers.
Conversion to UK Plug and Socket
When removing the case - undo the two case fixing screws and pull them towards you as far as they will go. The case then opens on the hinge and the screws do not foul any components or wiring. When refitting the case ensure the screws are still in the outward position.
Wiring in directly
Automatic variant - internal view
Central Battery (CB) variant
CB Telephone - Internal view of front case
CB telephone - Internal view of bellset
View of telephone base
Last revised: November 21, 2023