Abdy Antique Telephones

We sell top quality "genuine" vintage phones online. Our antique telephones are "unique" to us. Many phones that you see for sale elsewhere are not restored to our standard of quality.

We are a family run business who buy original British GPO Telephones (1915 to 1986). We then lovingly restore, convert, service, calibrate and test them. Once we are happy with them we offer these iconic old vintage telephones for sale.

People who buy from us come from every part of the UK, even though our workshop is in Yorkshire.

We have a superb selection of old British phones. We add more as we finish restoring them to their former glory.

Our workshop is open from 10 am until 6 pm five days a week - we close Thursdays and Sundays. Personal visits are by appointment only, please.

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Why does quality restoration matter?

Our unique selling point is that we take as much care and attention renovating the inside as we do the outside.

Think of a vintage telephone as you would a vintage car. It is nice to have the outside shiny, it is even more important to have the insides working reliably.

To us, these are far more than "old fashioned telephones". We are "Preserving British Telephone History".

You will not find better quality workmanship, or aftercare service anywhere else.

We have been restoring original retro phones (full-time) for over 12 years. Our main technician has over 32 years experience working for BT. With many City & Guilds qualifications in Telecommunications.

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Why buy a vintage Telephone?

These Bakelite telephones were built when "Made in Britain" was the "Best in the World".

Genuine dial telephones are fantastic pieces of British Engineering. They are not to be confused with the poorer quality replicas you see for sale elsewhere.

We only sell genuine original British GPO rotary dial phones. We have converted, restored and serviced them ready for modern use. They simply plug into a modern phone socket.

We convert them so that they will not slow your Broadband speed. Also they will not make your Broadband connection unreliable.

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How to Buy Antique Telephones

You can see actual photographs of all the telephones we have for sale online by selecting "For Sale". This in on our top menu bar.

We always take good quality photographs of all our antique phones. We also provide an accurate summary, with all their main points listed. But we are always happy to answer any further questions you may have by phone or email.

You can also see a "small selection" of our phones at Elsecar Antiques Centre. The antique centre is in Elsecar near Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

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What are GPO Telephones?

GPO (General Post Office) was the original name for BT (British Telecoms). The GPO had a monopoly on "renting" landline home phones to their "subscribers". These same iconic phones were also sold to businesses by the UK phone manufacturers. These business phones were not badged as GPO Telephones but as ATM, GEC, TMC etc.

The most important thing to check with an antique telephone is to confirm that it was produced in the UK. This assures you that it was made to very high standards using superb quality materials. This was in an era when "Made in Britain" was best.

Many of our customers tell us that they miss the classic old fashioned ring. They buy them because they want to re-live the joy they remember from the sound of the bell. That and the lovely feel of a genuine rotary dial phone.


Why Buy Old Telephones?

These phones were made in an age when the landline telephone was a thing of beauty and classic design. An Art Deco Bakelite phone, in particular, was regarded as a status symbol, an item of pure luxury.

These old telephones represent the pinnacle of a golden age of British engineering. Please be aware they are becoming increasingly hard to find in good condition.

Many of our customers buy a classic vintage phone to get that "finishing touch" to a beautiful home. Some to hear the iconic sound of an old telephone bell.


Vintage Telephone Workshop

We have a purpose built vintage telephone workshop for all our antique phone repairs. Here we do all our own servicing, conversion and restoration work.

We also have a comprehensive set of GPO test equipment in our workshop. All the phones we restore are thoroughly tested on this equipment. They are tested for at least a week before they leave our workshop.

We also sell spare parts if you would like to restore your phone yourself. Bakelite GPO phone spares

We have also produced several detailed information pages. Please see 200 Series Bakelite GPO Telephones and 300 Series Bakelite GPO Telephone.


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