This table telephone was introduced in 1934.  Telephone No. 196 and No. 1/196 were used with Bellsets No's 21 & 31 on CBS 1, 2 & 3 and Magneto systems.  This phone is a Local Battery (LB) phone which means it needs a battery to function.

The phone on the right is directly fixed to a Bellset No. 31 and special screws were supplied for this purpose.  The Bellset was normally fixed to a nearby wall, but could be fixed underneath the phone if required, by the use of special elongated screws.

The casing was made of Bakelite and the handset was called a Telephone No. 164.  The phone generally contained no electrical components except for the switch contact unit.  This switch contact unit has an extra set of springs than normal.

A Bellset and a battery must be used for this phone to function.

The Telephone No. 1/196 came complete with a base and drawer.

The telephone was produced in the following colours: Black, Jade Green, Ivory and Chinese red.

Tele No. 196
This telephone was used on Box CC No. 16 with Bellsets No's 21, 31 or 34 on coin box circuits in CBS and magneto areas.  Only supplied in black, the telephone was fitted with a Dial Auto Dummy No. 3 and had no base or cord.

Tele. 196CB
Rare variant of the standard local battery Telephone No. 196 instrument, fitted with anti-sidetone Transformer No. 35A and intended for use on various CB/Auto extension plans.

The Telephone No. 196 was normally used on circuits with no transmission feeds, but could also be used on long lines.  In Automatic Exchange areas a dial would need to be fitted.

A dial can be fitted as follows:-

Remove the link between Telephone terminals 3 and 9.

Wire the dial to the telephone as per the table below:-

Telephone Terminal Dial Cord Colour Dial terminal
5 Blue 1
6 Slate (Grey) 2
8 Brown 3
3 Pink 4
9 Orange 5

Circuit diagram N296. 

Diagram for wiring the Telephone and Bellset together is N1297.

Click for Bellset No. 21, 31 & 34

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Dismantling the Handset

Converting the Telephone No. 196 to work on Plug and Socket

Collectors Information - what to look for

How to restore Bakelite

Labels that fit in the sliding tray

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Close up of the switch contact unit

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