TELEPHONE No. 196, 196CB, 196LB & 1/196LB


This table telephone was introduced in 1934 and used on both Call Office and Subscriber circuits.  Telephone No. 196LB and No. 1/196LB were used with Bellsets No's 21 & 31 on CBS 1, 2 & 3 and Magneto systems.  This phone is a Local Battery (L.B.) 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 Telephones No. 196LB and 1/196LB contained no electrical components except for the switch contact unit.

A Bellset and a 3v battery must be used for these telephones to function.  The battery would be fitted in a floor mounted battery box.

The Telephone No. 1/196LB 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).

Terminal nuts are 4BA (Part No. 1/SNU/51).

The frame that supports the switch hooks, also has terminals and contact springs attached.  The contact sets consisted of two break sets and one change over set.

The contact springs were produced with either one contact or two contacts per spring. This telephone could use either - the parts numbers are as follows:-
Frame - Part No. 1/SSW/6 - one contact per spring (Springset Part No. 1/SSP/703).
Frame - Part No. 2/SSW/6 - two contacts per spring (Springset Part No. 1/SSP/704).

In 1961 braided handset cords were superseded by an extensible, coiled, cord called the Cords, Instrument No. 3/110AK, Black, 10".  These can be found on factory refurbished telephones, or telephones repaired on customers premises.

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 exchange areas.  It was fitted fitted with an anti-sidetone (ASTIC) Transformer No. 35A.  Only supplied in black, the telephone was fitted not fitted with a Dial, Automatic, Dummy No. 3 or any Dial as the dial would be obtained separately to suit the exchange concerned.

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.  The telephone was fitted with a Dial, Automatic, Dummy No. 3 and had a base with no tray.

Telephone, No 196LB
As Telephone, No. 196 but fitted with a base with no tray.  No Transformer No. 35A was fitted.

Telephone, No. 1/196LB
As Telephone, No. 196 but fitted with a tray for the subscribers personal directory.  No Transformer No. 35A was fitted.  The Telephone No. 396LB was an alternative to the Telephone No. 1/196LB with Bellset No. 31.

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

A dial can be fitted as follows:-
Remove the wire linking 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.
1 x Part No. 2/SSW/6.
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, Telephone 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 - Telephone No. 196 - N296.
Circuit diagram - Telephone No. 196CB - N296.
Circuit diagram - Telephone No. 1/196 & 196LB - N296.

Paster Diagram - LD10 (Telephone No. 196LB).

Paster Diagram - LD23 (Telephone No. 196 minus cord).

Drawings - Handset - 9509/0 (Mark 1), 9509/1 (Mark 2).
Drawings - Telephone No. 196 - 9510.
Drawings - Telephone No. 1/196 - 62853.

Diagram for wiring the Telephone and Bellset together - N1297.

Specification - S155.

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

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Close up of the switch contact assembly



All the moulding parts



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