TELEPHONE No. 196 & 1/196


This table telephone was introduced in 1934 and used on both Call Office and Subscriber circuits.  Telephone No. 196 and No. 1/196 were used with Bellsets No's 21 & 31 on CBS 1, 2 & 3 and Magneto systems.  This phone is a Local Battery (LB) phone which means it needs a battery to function.

The phone on the right is directly fixed to a Bellset No. 31 and special screws were supplied for this purpose.  The Bellset was normally fixed to a nearby wall, but could be fixed underneath the phone if required, by the use of special elongated screws.

The casing was made of Bakelite and the handset was a Telephone, No. 164.  The phone generally contained no electrical components except for the switch contact unit.  This switch contact unit has an extra set of springs than normal.

A Bellset and a battery must be used for this phone to function.

The Telephone No. 1/196 came complete with a base and drawer.

There was a Mark 1 and a Mark 2.  The difference was that the Mark 1 had a Telephone No. 164 (Mk 1) whilst the Mark 2 had a Telephone No. 164 (Mk 2).

The terminals are mounted on a Switch, Assembly (1/SSW/6) which also supports the switch hook mechanism and all cord connections.

The nuts on the terminals are 4BA.

The telephone was produced in the following colours:- Black, Jade Green, Ivory and Chinese red.

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

Telephone, No. 196
This telephone was used on Box CC No. 16 with Bellsets No's 21, 31 or 34 on coin box circuits in CBS and magneto areas.  Only supplied in black, the telephone was fitted with a Dial Auto Dummy No. 3 and had no base or cord.

Telephone, No. 196CB
Rare variant of the standard local battery Telephone, No. 196 instrument, fitted with anti-sidetone (ASTIC) Transformer No. 35A and intended for use on various CB/Auto extension plans.

Telephone, No 196LB
As Telephone, No. 196 but fitted with a base with no tray.  Superseded by Telephone No. 396LB.

Telephone, No. 1/196LB
As Telephone, No. 196 but fitted with a tray for the subscribers personal directory.

The Telephone No. 196 was normally used on circuits with no transmission feeds, but could also be used on long lines.  In Automatic Exchange areas a dial would need to be fitted.

A dial can be fitted as follows:-
Remove the link between Telephone terminals 3 and 9.

Wire the dial to the telephone as per the table below:-

Telephone Terminal Dial Cord Colour Dial terminal
5 Blue 1
6 Slate (Grey) 2
8 Brown 3
3 Pink 4
9 Orange 5

Telephone included (1946 and 1956):-
1 x Dial, Automatic, Dummy No. 3, Black.
1 x Parts Nos. 1/SCR/1, Black.
1 x Part No. 2/SCU /1.
1 x Part No. 1/SPL/321, Black.
1 x Part No. 3/SSP/513.
2 x Parts No. 1/SWA/72.
1 x Telephone No. 164, Black, with Cord 3/63KB, 33".

To be requisitioned separately as required:-
1 x Base, Tele. No. 1/162, Black [when used with a Bracket, Telephone, No. 14, Black, or with handset telephone (requiring separate bell-set) and a coin box].
1 x Bell-set No ....
1 x Block, Terminal No. 20/8, Black.
1 x Cord, Instrument No. 6/21B, Brown, 54" (for subscribers).
1 x Cord, Instrument No. 6/25M, 30" (for call offices).
1 x Generator No. 4CN.
1 x Label No. 160 ...
1 x Part No. 1/SBA/1 (when used with Wallboard, D 60577).
1 x Part No. 1/SBA/2, Black (when used with Bracket, Telephone, No. 12, Black).

Circuit diagram N296.

Circuit diagram - LD 23.

Drawings - 9509/0 (Mark 1), 9509/1 (Mark 2) and 9510.

Diagram for wiring the Telephone and Bellset together - N1297.

Specification - S108

Click for Bellset No. 21, 31 & 34

General information on 200 type telephones

Colour samples

Lamp Fittings

How to dismantle a Telephone No. 162

Dismantling the Handset

Converting the Telephone No. 196 to work on Plug and Socket

Collectors Information - what to look for

How to restore Bakelite

Labels that fit in the sliding tray

How to fit a Bellset to a Pyramid Telephone

Close up of the switch contact assembly


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