This incredible early handset Master Console Dictograph seems to come in the between-the-Wars range when the handset was introduced. In Europe Fuld supplied the bakelite handset and cradle with the Dictograph logo moulded in. Walnut veneer over pine or beech was used in the later phones instead of solid timber. The cradle on these phones is a rather squared-off shape. The master consoles put the transmitter and speaker behind a restyled grille with a later Dictograph logo. In the U.S. Western Electric handsets are often found on Dictographs, but whether these are original fittings or maintenance replacements is unknown. Kellogg handsets also appear to have been used as original equipment in the early bakelite days. In Britain the British Post Office 164 handset appeared on their telephones and advertising. The Dictograph telephones also appear with other companies' brands from around this time - whether Dictograph was onselling them to other companies or the companies were simply substituting their own badges is unclear.
The Dictograph was Turner's telephone system. The Dictaphone, a name often used in error to mean a Dictograph, was Edison's wax cylinder dictation machine.
This Dictograph is sold as a display piece. It measures 18cm x 51cm x 28cm high. Please view the pics as they form part of the description.