Bakelite handset for special purposes with four way cord.  In this telephone the receiver and transmitter are electrically isolated from each other, unlike the Telephone No. 164.

The basic model is the Telephone No. 184, but there are three other variants, with a built in switch.  These models were called Telephone No's. 184A, 184B & 184C.

Telephone No. 184A

The handset could be supplied in different ways:-
Telephone No. 184
No switch but fitted with a 4 wire handset cord - Cord, Instrument No. 4/42A 28in Brown.

Telephone No. 184A
CB & Auto areas.  Pressing the switch (non-locking) removes short circuit from transmitter and allows speech (3 wire handset cord).  Fitted with a Cord, Instrument No. 3/62D 42in.

Telephone No. 184B
LB systems.  Pressing switch (locking) completes transmitter circuit (3 wire handset cord).  This telephone supersedes the Telephone No. 28.  Fitted originally with a Cord, Instrument No. 3/62D 42in but changed to Cord, Instrument No. 3/99BN 33" and Mouthpiece No. 18 on the Mark 2.

Telephone No. 184C
Supervisors use.  Two position locking switch that completes transmitter circuit (4 wire handset cord).  Pressure on end of lever near the transmitter makes the transmitter circuit.  Pressure on end of lever near receiver breaks the transmitter circuit.  The telephone supersedes Telephone No. 94.  Fitted with a Cord, Instrument No. 4/54B 48in.

There was also the Mark 1 and the Mark 2.  The difference was that the Mark 1 had a Receiver, Inset, No. 1L whilst the Mark 2 had a Receiver, Inset, No. 2P.

Available in the colours Black, Chinese Red, Ivory and Jade Green.

Colour samples

Telephone includes (1946 and 1956):-
1 x Cord, Instrument No. 4/42A (Colour), 42".
2 x Part No. 1/SWA/72.
1 x Receiver, Inset No. 1L or 2P (Colour).
1 x Mouthpiece No. 15 (Colour).
1 x Transmitter, Inset No. 13
1 x Part No. 1/SB0/1 (Colour).

Circuit diagram N284.

Drawing - Telephone No. 184 Mark 1 - 9808/0 (Dated 1932).
Drawing - Telephone No. 184 Mark 2 - 9808/1 (Dated 1947).
Drawing - Telephone No. 184A, B and C Mark 2 - 62861/0 and 62861/1 (Dated 1947).

Specification - S79.

See also the Telephone Efficiency Committees Report on Local Battery Area telephones

Receivers Inset No's 1L and 2P

Early handsets were fitted with a Receiver No. 1L but these were superseded by the Receiver inset 2P.  The two are not interchangeable unless the correct diaphragm and earpiece are used.

Receiver No. 1L with Earpiece No 18 and Diaphragm No. 12


Receiver No. 2P with Earpiece No 23 and Diaphragm No. 25

Remove of the Receiver and Mouthpiece

The Earpiece must be firstly removed by unscrewing anticlockwise.  This will either be very easy or very hard.  If the earpiece will not budge then try the following:-

  1. Ask a friend to have a go - my neighbour is great with these.

  2. Spray WD40 around the edge, hoping that it penetrate the thread.  Leave a couple of days.

  3. Use a vice and wrap the earcap in a rag or card board - be careful.

  4. Place the earpiece in very hot water - hopefully it will expand.

  5. Cover with a rag and tap the earpiece on a hard surface - this may break the earcap!

  6. Smash it and replace!

Once removed - slide off the diaphragm - see the picture to the right.  Then you will find two screws - remove the receiver will fall out.

To be honest they do not go wrong often.  The normal problems with them are:-

  1. One of the screws is not tightened down.

  2. Spring washers missing from the fixing screws.

  3. Diaphragm missing.

  4. Ingress of water rusting the internals.

  5. Rust on the pole faces.

The mouthpiece is located on three lugs, one of which is sprung loaded.  The mouthpiece has a hole which can be located on the handle side of the handset.

To remove, use a drawing pin and push into the hole under pressure.  This pushes one of the metal lug inwards and allows the mouthpiece to be unscrewed anticlockwise.

The Microphone Inset will drop out exposing the screw terminals for the handset cord.


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