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  • Model: three-boxer with Blake transmitter
  • Made by: Charles Williams
  • From: circa 1880
  • Courtesy of: Tom Adams
1880 charles williams three box wood antique telephone with blake transmitter

Photo courtesy Tom Adams


This is an early 'three boxer' wood telephone, manufactured by Charles Williams, a contract manufacturer of telegraph equipment who helped Alexander Graham Bell produce his early phones. The upper box holds the magneto for signalling the operator, the lower box holds the (probably liquid) batteries, and the middle-box is the 'Blake transmitter,' the highest tech transmitter available at that time.


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