~~ Always looking for any unusual (fluted shaft, rope shaft, pencil shaft, potbelly shaft, etc.) shaped Candlestick style Telephones like shown to the left and any Charles Williams Jr. tap bells, coffin style telephones or other early Bell Telephone Co. equipment.
The "Old Man" and his "Best Telephone Buddy" checking out a Gray Telephone Pay Station Co. Cabinet Model No. 1 "Silver Dollar" Pay Station. A 1900 Western Electric Type 85F fiddleback with a 7A Nickel coin collector can be seen in the background.
Tom's Antique Telephones
~~ Roots: I was born in a small rural Alabama town. I joined the US Marines in 1961 at age 17, and spent 6 years as an Air Borne Navigator, mostly in C-130's at Cherry Point, NC & Iwakuni, Japan. I spent the next 33 years with the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Traffic Controller all over the Southeast, retiring in North Carolina.
I have collected old stuff since I was 11 years old and am still going strong 65 years later. I started with stamps, moved to coins, and by the time I was in my early 20's, I was collecting telephones. I have been fortunate enough to assemble a small collection of rare and wonderful old phones from the pre-1900's.
As my collector interest changed over the years, I moved into other areas, including Cash Registers, Slot Machines, Penny Arcade, Gum Ball and other Coin Op collectibles. I also like Firefighting collectibles, Music Boxes and Phonographs, Carousel Horses, and Barber Shop stuff.
I never lost interest in telephones and today, they are still my main interest. I am always looking for quality items that fall within my areas of interest. I mostly buy and trade, but occasionally sell. Should you have anything that you consider odd or unusual in any of these areas and wish to dispose of them, I would appreciate your contacting me via my contact page. Thanks for looking and have a great day.