BELL No. 59A

Magneto bell (AC) similar to Bellset No. 26, but has no capacitor fitted.

Used extensively as an extension bell for internal use only.  Early versions came with a black Bakelite cover (see picture below) whilst later versions would have a plastic cover coloured in elephant grey, ivory or black.

Picture to the right shows a black plastic covered bellset.  The paper bag contained three round headed screws for fitting the bell to a wall.

The bell ringer comprises of two 500 ohm coils that can be connected in parallel if required.

Normally fitted with matched bell gongs, but where a distinctive tone is required, the following combination of 2.5in gongs can be provided:-
Bells-gongs No. 2 - Nickelled or oxidised
Bells-gongs No. 2A - Nickelled or oxidised
Bells-gongs No. 3 - Aluminium
Bells-gongs No. 17 - Steel or bronzed with concentric hole
Bells-gongs No. 12 - Cow gongs - cannot be fitted to Bells Nos. 1A or 59A.

Diagram - N526.

Converting a Bell No. 59 to work in the UK

  1. Remove the wire link between terminals 3 and 4.
  2. Insert a 3.3k ohm resistor between terminals 3 and 4.
  3. Connect the blue wire of the line cord to terminal 2.
  4. Connect the white of the line cord to terminal 5.

Adjustment of Magneto bells

Click here for the difference between a Bell and a Bellset


Bell No. 59 Unmounted

This is the bell ringer itself and this could be fitted in telephones, bells or bellsets.

Bells 59A-1 unmounted = Twin 500 ohm coils, used in Tele 706, 710 etc (two fly leads fitted with tags).  Introduced in October 1958.

Bells 59B-1 unmounted = Twin 500 ohm coils, used, used in Tele 706 with printed circuit board (for coil tags directly soldered to board).  Introduced in October 1959.

Bells 59C-1 unmounted = Twin 500 ohm coils, used in Tele 746, 740 etc.  Introduced in February 1967.

Bells 59D-1 unmounted = Twin 2000 ohm coils, used to convert old apparatus to PST/new plan (two fly leads with tags) - shown above.  Introduced in January 1980.

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