German Field Phone and Hungarian Field Phone
I believe these are comparable the 312, probably Post WW2. Possibly
these are still made.
The Label says:
Vers.Nr. 5810-12-152-7103 1980]K-FFsp 66.3506.720 2643016
DFG Deutsche Fernsprecher Gesellschaft MBG
Baumuster Standard Elektrik Lorenz AG
The dial adjunct (sort of equivalent to the DTMF adjunct I have for the
312 sits on top of the unit. It is labelled:
Vers.Nr. 5810-12-153-6834 Bauj. 1980
K Zs-F Fsp-66.3506.500 2665161
VS-NUR FUR DEN DIENSTGEBRAUCH
NUR LAGERFAHIG VON
-30 degrees C BIS +65 degrees C
The came with some paper work, but it is all in German
Hungarian Field Phone...
The Hungarian field phone was
likely made by ITT's Telefongyar R. T.
subsidiary in Budapest. which had fallen under German control during WW II.
Prior to WW II that factory was the principal (and maybe the only) producer
of telephone sets in Hungary. It made ITT's pre-war European classic type
2724 self-contained handset phone and also manufactured, under a sub
contract with LM Ericsson, phones with Ericsson's name on them. (I have
one of each in my collection, the latter thanks to Andrew Emerson in the
UK.) ITT recuperated that plant briefly after WW II until it was taken over
by the communist government that came to power in Hungary. It was renamed
Budavox and continued to make telephone equipment throughout the communist
years. I used to run into Budavox telephones, pay phones, dial PBXs and
manual toll boards exported to Argentina after WW II. There are several of
each in the telephone museum in Buenos Aires. The switchboard parts were
interchangeable with those of Western Electric. That plant had originally
been part of International Western Electric before it was sold to ITT in
1925. It's a small world you know.
My best guess is that it is Hungarian.
This phone is quite similar to a German field phone
I own (see German
Phone page), so possibly it was made to German specifications.
On the top cover it says: VIGYAZZ! AZ ELLENSEG LEHALLGAT.
It also has
phonetic alphabet in the same language.
"BEWARE! THE ENEMY IS LISTENING"
Inside are two wiring diagrams. One is labeled: Elvi
No other apparent markings.
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