This black, Bakelite telephone has an extra ear piece, known in France as an 'écouteur' (listener) and we can imagine Inspector Maigret using one just like it!
The additional ear piece sits neatly in its own cradle at the back of the phone.
This phone is in remarkable condition, with just one chip in the base at the front (see images.) The dial moves freely, making that fabulous clicking noise when dialing.
We're selling it as a decorative object but it's possible that a clever telecoms engineer could wire it to modern standards.
It was originally the property of the P.T.T. - Postes, Télégraphes et Téléphones - the French administration of postal services and telecommunications, formed in 1921. It ceased to exist in 1991, when it became separated into todays 'La Poste' and 'France Télécom.'
The plate on the base states that it was working on 06th July 1964 (marché de 6.7.64) so it's a genuine, authentic vintage piece.
Hard to part with - we think it's super cool and would make a great gift for anyone who loves retro 1960's decor.
It weighs 1.8kgs /4lbs!
It measures 14cms/ 5½" high, 29cms/ 11½" at its widest (the handset) and is 23cms/ 9" deep (including the additional earpiece)
What's not to love?...........Bonne conversation!
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