t010.jpg (9168 bytes)CB Pedestal telephone

This is a C.B. Candlestick style, table telephone with press button fitted in the base.

The telephone was originally called the "Telephone, Table, C.B., with Press Button, Transmitter Type".

The press button was made of ebonite.

The telephone required a Bellset as there was no Induction Coil or Bell Ringer in the casing.

This telephone can be have an additional receiver hook fitted.  This was ordered separately and the Mark 235 used a "Hook, Receiver D".

There was a Mark 234 and a Mark 235.  The Mark 234 was the golf ball type (pictured to the right) whilst the Mark 235 was base on the standard GPO style candlestick - Telephone No. 2.

This was the table equivalent of the wall mounted Telephone No. 7.

Early table telephones were connected to the internal wiring with a Strip, Flexible Cord Connection.  Click here for more information.

Telephone includes (1928):-
1 x
Receiver, Bell No. 1A.
1 x Cord, Instrument No. 2/22B Brown 33".
1 x Transmitter No. 1.
1 x Transmitter-inset No. 3.
2 x Cord, Instrument No. 1/16F Black 12".

Telephone includes (1946):-
2 x Cords, Instrument No. l/16E, Black, 12".
1 x Cord, Instrument No. 2/22B, Brown, 33"
1 x Cord, Instrument No. 4/22B, Brown, 72".
1 x Hook, Receiver F (for Mk. 235 only).
1 x Label No. 43.
1 x Receiver, Bell No. 1A.
1 x Transmitter No. 22.
1 x Mouthpiece No. 4.

Introduced circa 1907 and still in the GPO stores catalogue (Rate Book) in 1928 and 1946.

The picture above shows an earlier variant, later variants looked like the standard British candlestick (see picture below).  These early models were made by the Western Electric Co. probably at their BTMC factory.

The press button was used to call a buzzer on another phone to advise there was a call for them.

The switch hook contact springs consisted of three contacts that made contact with each other on operation.

The early type used a Transmitter No. 1 which could have Label No. 43 fitted between the speaking tube and the transmitter body.  This label advised of the Exchange name and number. See picture below.

A Hook, Receiver D could be retrofitted to the Mark 235, for use with a Watch Receiver.

Circuit diagram - N110.

Circuit diagram - CB151.

Drawing - 7026 (Mark 235 dated 1911).

Specification - D194.

See also the Telephone Efficiency Committees Report on Common Battery Area telephones.

Click here for pictures of a Candlestick before refurbishment

Click here for Candlestick construction and how to dismantle the phone

Candlestick construction

Candlestick Manufacturing (Messrs Keitmann)

Collectors Information - what to look for

Telephone mouthpiece sanitisers

Termination markings (Mark 235)

T   3T
1   2R
R   4

The press button switch is wired on terminals 3 and 4

Mark 235


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