Abdy Antique Telephones

Welcome, we sell fully working top quality "original" vintage phones online. Our antique telephones are "unique" to us.

Many old phones that you see for sale in shops or online are not restored to our standard of quality.

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

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

We buy original British GPO Telephones and then lovingly restore, convert, service, calibrate and test them.

Only when we are totally happy with them do we offer these iconic old vintage telephones for sale.

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.


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 believe 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.


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 telephone socket!

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


How to Buy our Antique Telephones

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

We always take good quality individual photographs of all our antique phones.

We also provide an accurate summary, with all their main points listed. However, we are always happy to answer any further questions you may have by phone or email.

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

If you are selling we also buy unconverted Bakelite telephones (1915 to 1986).


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.


Nostalgic 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.


Please tell your friends about us!

Because we are a small family run business we are very reliant on individual word of mouth recommendations, so if you are happy with our phones please don't forget to tell your friends and if possible mention us on Facebook etc.

We hope you have found our site useful, however if you have any suggestions for improvement (small or large) please contact us. We always appreciate feedback and you can reach us via our contacts page (see the top menu) or by email. Alternatively if you use social media you can always contact us on Facebook or Twitter by selecting the social media buttons below.


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