Abdy Antique Telephones

We sell top quality "genuine" vintage telephones online. Our antique telephones are "unique" to us. Similar 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 before offering these iconic vintage telephones for sale.

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

We have a superb selection of British telephones and we are constantly adding more of these old telephones 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 and servicing the insides, as we do restoring the outsides to these beautiful old rotary dial phones.

Think of these vintage phones as you would a vintage car, although its nice to have the body restored and shiny its even more important to have the mechanical parts you cant see restored, calibrated, serviced and tested. Basically it improves the phones day to day function and helps preserve these wonderful antique phones for future generations.

To us these are far more than "old fashioned telephones", they are our contribution to "Preserving British Telephone History". We pride ourselves that you will not find better quality workmanship, attention to detail or after care service anywhere else in the UK.

We have been restoring and servicing vintage GPO dial phones professionally (full-time) for over 11 years. Our main technician has over 32 years experience working for BT (with many City & Guilds qualifications in Telecommunications).

About Abdy Antique Telephones

Why a GPO Vintage Telephone?

These vintage telephones where designed and built when "Made in Britain" simply said "Best in the World".

All our phones are genuine original British GPO rotary dial phones that we have correctly converted, restored and serviced ready for modern use. They simply plug into a modern phone socket and will not interfere with your other phones or equipment.

We convert all our antique rotary phones professionally so that they will not slow your Broadband speeds or make your Broadband connection unreliable.

For more detailed information about the various GPO models please check out the following 200 Series Bakelite GPO Telephones and 300 Series Bakelite GPO Telephones .

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How to Buy Antique Rotary Telephones

You can see actual photographs of all the telephones for sale online by selecting "For Sale" from our menu at the top of this page.

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

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

You can also see a "small selection" of these lovely old Bakelite telephones and retro rotary phones for sale at Elsecar Antiques Centre near Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

Antique Phones For Sale

What are GPO Telephones?

GPO (General Post Office) was the original name for BT (British Telecoms) and in the era of the Bakelite telephone the GPO had the monopoly on renting land line GPO Phones to their "subscribers". However, these same iconic Bakelite phones were also sold directly by the UK phone manufacturers to other companies for office use. These were not badged as GPO Telephones but as ATM, GEC, TMC etc.

The most important thing to know about an antique telephone is to confirm that it was made 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 of an antique phone. They buy an old phone because they want to re-live the joy they remember from the sound of an old fashioned telephone bell and the lovely feel of a genuine rotary dial phone.

Why Buy Old Telephones?

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

Many people believe the iconic Bakelite phone represents the pinnacle of a golden age of British design and engineering. These old telephones are becoming increasingly harder to find in good condition.

However, many of our customers simply buy a vintage phone to obtain that "finishing touch" to a beautiful home or to hear the iconic sound of an old telephone bell.

GPO Telephone Workshop

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

We also have a comprehensive set of GPO telephone test equipment in our workshop. All the vintage phones we restore or repair are thoroughly "soak" tested on this equipment for a minimum of a week before they leave our workshop.

We would be happy to restore your existing special rotary telephone, we can do anything from servicing and wiring ready for a modern phone point all the way through to a complete and thorough restoration. We also sell spare parts if you would like to restore your antique telephone yourself.

So if you are looking to buy an old telephone or just Bakelite GPO phone spares you have found the right place.

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