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Telephone - Ericsson, circa 1910 Object Reg. No: SH 850297

Summary:
Made: Ericsson, L.M. & C. Stockholm, Sweden. Used in a psychiatric hospital in Victoria around 1910. Has been in a minor fire - handle of mouth/ear piece almost entirely burnt away and wires singed.
Description:
Wall telephone is a pointed arch-shaped vertical wooden board, ornately scrolled in outline with a wooden machine box shaped like a desk with sloping lid and curved front and base.It has scrolled, roughly triangular sides. The turning handle is on one side and the speaking piece on the other hangs on a decorative brass lever and hook. Ear and mouth pieces connected by wires thru' metal pipes connected to each round piece.Wooden handle which held them togeher has burnt (only 1 charred piece left) as has some wiring. Vibrating disc and cover missing from earpiece.At the top the board narrows into an ornate pagoda shape, surmounted by a relief lotus.Board has been attached later to a longer wooden plank with wire loop for hanging at the top (See also Accession Sheet)
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 61.00 cm (Height), 20.50 cm (Width), 26.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: office equipment, psychiatric hospitals, telephones
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Information & Communication Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Administration
Tertiary Classification: office equipment
Inscriptions: Engraved on mouthpiece: Made in Sweden by A.B.L.M. Ericsson & Co, Stockholm. Patented Oct. 29 1895. 725 846
Manufacturer: L.M. Ericsson & Co, Stockholm, Sweden, circa 1910
Place Used: Victoria, Australia
References: card with exhibit.

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