The mouthpiece reads PAT`D NOV.26 1901-MARCH 19 1907-APRIL 14 1908 (though I cant find a specific date on it)
The phone is in its original condition, showing signs of wear from its 100+ years of life. They REALLY made things to last back then.
All metal, with a cloth receiver cord. The phone is not in working condition and has no line cord on it. Definitely something that can be restored to a beautiful, working condition though. These old candlestick phones required a separately connected box that contained a network and bells to fully function. There simply wasnt enough room for all that in the base of the phone. Again, if you are looking to restore it, its not a terribly hard thing to have done. The wiring was not very complicated in these first phones, I just dont have the components necessary to do it myself.
Please see all the pictures, as well as the album I have linked here, with even more up close and detailed pics. Email me with any questions on this *amazing* rare find.