Prop Telephones and Associated Equipment

These items are available for free loan to amateur theatre groups (subject to conditions). Some of these items are very heavy and most are breakable so you will need to cover the cost of insured postage or arrange to collect and return them to south-west Birmingham.

Most of these items are GPO / BT products and are referred to by their GPO / BT name. They are only available in the colours / variants shown below.

I can advise on the suitability of these items for your particular use and give more details information relating to their use and operation. If the item needs to ring I can supply a manually operated ringing converter, and appropriate cable and connectors.

Telephones

Telephone 232

Telephone 232 "Pyramid"

Period: 1934

Status: Dummy

Deposit: £100

Telephone 232 with Bellset 26

Telephone 232 and Bellset 26

Period: 1934

Status: Prop

Deposit: £110

Telephone 328

Telephone 328

Period: 1948

Status: Prop

Deposit: £60

Telephone 332

Telephone 332

Period: 1937

Status: Prop

Deposit: £60

Telephone 706

Telephone 706 Black

Period: 1960

Status: Prop

Deposit: £30

Telephone 741

Telephone 741 Ivory

Period: 1972

Status: New

Deposit: £20

Telephone 746 Black

Telephone 746 Black

Period: 1969

Status: Prop

Deposit: £20

Telephone 746 Blue

Telephone 746 Blue

Period: 1969

Status: Prop

Deposit: £20

Telephone 746 Red

Telephone 746 Red

Period: 1969

Status: Prop

Deposit: £20

Telephone 776 "Compact" Brown

Telephone 776 "Compact" Brown

Period: 1978

Status: Prop

Deposit: £30

Telephone 8746 Brown

Telephone 8746 Brown

Period: 1981

Status: Prop

Deposit: £20

BT Freeway

BT Freeway

Period:

Status: Prop

Deposit: £10

Answering Machines

GMTC

GMTC

Period:

Status: Dummy

Deposit: £10

PhoneMate

PhoneMate

Period:

Status: Dummy

Deposit: £10

BetaCom

BetaCom

Period:

Status: Prop

Deposit: £10

BT Answering and Recording Machine 203A (Kingfisher)

BT Answering and Recording Machine 203A (Kingfisher)

Period: 1986

Status: Dummy

Deposit: £20

BT Response 80

BT Response 80

Period:

Status: Dummy

Deposit: £20

 

Exchange systems

Key and Lamp Unit 2A

Key and Lamp Unit 2A

Period:

Status: New/Dummy

Deposit: £40

Planphone A

Planphone A

Period: c 1970

Status: Prop

Deposit: £40

House Exchange System†No 4

House Exchange System†No 4

Period:

Status: Prop

Deposit: £50

Marquis 1B TX64

Marquis 1B TX64

Period: c 1980

Status: Prop

Deposit: £20

PMBX 2

PMBX 2

Period: 1954 - 1994

Status: New/Dummy

Deposit: £100

Miscellaneous

Amplifier Set 5

Amplifier Set 5

Period:

Status: Dummy

Deposit: £10

Autodial 201A

Autodial 201A

Period: 1970

Status: New/Dummy

Deposit: £50

Loudspeaking Unit 1400

Loudspeaking Unit 1400

Period:

Status: New/Dummy

Deposit: £50

Bellset 26

Bellset 26 (modern variant)

Period:

Status: Prop

Deposit: £10

Key to notes

Period

Indicates the earliest date the item was available for general use according to GPO or BT documentation.

Status

  • Prop: Suitable for use on stage, can be made to ring and ringing stops when handset lifted. Not necessarily fully functional, so not suitable for connection to the public network or a switchboard.
  • New: Suitable for use on stage, can be made to ring and ringing stops when handset lifted. Should be suitable for connection to the public network only.
  • Dummy: Suitable for use on stage for visual purposes, but practical limitations mean it is not suitable for connection to the public network or a switchboard.

The status of these items is not representative of their condition (unless listed as "New") as they may have been in service for many years. Some original parts may have been replaced with modern alternatives.

Deposit

Amount required as a deposit for loan of the item, the actual replacement value may be much higher. Some of these items have antique value and may be difficult or impossible to repair or replace.

Conditions of Loan

  1. These items are offered on loan to drama groups and schools for amateur productions free of charge.
  2. The loan period will not usually exceed ten days.
  3. The condition of these items is not necessarily perfect and they are not guaranteed to be fully working but their condition it adequate to be used as stage props.
  4. A deposit is required for every item loaned.
  5. Any existing damage, missing parts, etc, will be noted and agreed when the item is collected / delivered.
  6. Cables and connections must not be removed, cut or modified.
  7. Some or all of the deposit will be lost if any item is returned damaged or incomplete.
  8. The full replacement cost will be due for any item lost or significantly damaged.
  9. You will be required to give details of the production, dates, times and location of the performances where the items are to be used.
  10. You must make it explicitly clear if the item is required to ring realistically so that you are given a suitable item.
  11. You are advised not to connect any of these items to any public or private telephone network. No responsibility can be taken for misuse of the items in this way.
  12. A brief acknowledgement in the production programme is usually required.
  13. Additional conditions may apply to certain items.