Bakelite Telephone Handset Markings
This page is designed to help you identify the markings on British Antique Bakelite GPO telephone handsets. This gives you a quick way of spotting non British versions of Antique Bakelite Telephones. Please be aware someone could still put a genuine British telephone handset onto a foreign body of a Bakelite telephone. Other methods of spotting non British Bakelite telephones can be seen at British Telephones (the ultimate reference website for British telephone information).
|Photograph of an Indian ITI (Indian Telephone Industries) handset. Not British and poorer quality, made using different mouldings sizes.|
|Pictorial representation of the ITI handset markings. Made cheaply for the Indian market in the 1950's|
|Marking removed (sanded off). Beware this often indicates an attempt to hide an ITI or AEP handset.|
|Portuguese AEP (Automatica Electrica Portuguesa). Not a British telephone handset so not as collectable however much better quality than the Indian telephone version.|
|Genuine British vintage telephone type 164 handset (the standard British GPO telephone handset). The second number on the telephone handset indicates year of manufacture eg in this example 1959.|
|Genuine British 164 telephone handset (older version of above). In this example a type 164 telephone handset made by Plessey in 1938|
|Genuine British ATM (Automatic Telephone Manufacturing) of Liverpool.|
|Genuine British GEC (General Electric Apparatus Company) telephone handset|
|Genuine British ETL (Ericsson Telephones LTD) made in Beeston, Nottingham.|
If you are aware of other British Bakelite Telephone handsets please let us know so that we can add them to the list.