|The years 2020 and 2021 saw a number of early style coloured
Bellset covers on the open market. Some were bona fide and some
reproductions. They fit Bellset Nos. 25, 26, 31, 37 etc.
These covers were originally made from the 1930's until mid 1960's. Generally black in colour but red, green, ivory and mottled brown were also supplied by the GPO. Whilst looking like Bakelite they were produced using other plastics.
If sold as a complete Bellset then like all GPO/Post Office telephone these can be easily identified because they will have the type number on the base and a date or manufacturer or refurbishment. Most Bellsets with reproduction covers do use original metalwork and electrics.
It's the covers that are sometimes reproduction. Fine if the seller advises that the cover is reproduction, because some of them are actually quite good. But your paying good money and you should verify what you are buying.
I will give a quick précis of what questions to ask if buying a coloured Bellset cover.
Last revised: March 03, 2021