Telephone - Ericsson AC110

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Ericsson AC110 table telephone. Black ebonite with painted transfers of flowers (gold and green) on the legs. Metal crank on the left with black tipped handle. Two bells in body of phone for ring tone. Handset cradle made from curved, ormamental metal. Handset comes with mouthpiece attachment, and sculpted metal hand grip with grooves for sitting on handset cradle.
There are two green rope cables - one for the handset and one for the plug.
CH classification COMMUNICATION Telephonic telephone
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L290 x W150 x H300 mm
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Indeterminate (Metals - Ferrous)
Made in Sweden
History and use
The Ericsson AC110 handset telephones were among the first commonly used table or desk telephones developed by Ericsson, of Sweden. Also called the “Dachshund” or the skeletal handset, this attractive line was produced in 1892 and became a popular addition to the office and home. For the first time, the handset was fully integrated with the telephone instruments, and hung on a cradle for easy use.

Before the handset, a signal trumpet was used for both speaking and listening. Then there came the speaking tube, which was built into the body of the telephone and an earpiece was attached by cord. In the late 1870s the handset was developed with microphone and receiver in one unit. Ericsson produced their first version in the mid 1880s.

This particular phone has come to Queensland Museum from the General Post Office and is thought to have been used by the Post Master General - the person in charge of all national postal and telecommunication services in Australia. The position of P.M.G. was introduced with Federation in 1901.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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