Abdy Antique Telephones

We are a small family run business who buy, sell, repair, convert, renovate & service Genuine British Antique and GPO Vintage Telephones (1915 to 1986).

Our vintage telephone workshop is in Yorkshire. However, customers for these antique telephones come from every part of the UK.

We have many British vintage telephones for sale here and we are constantly adding more as we finish restoring them to their former glory.

Our old phone workshop is open from 10am until 6pm five days a week - we close Thursdays and Sundays. Personal visits are by appointment only please.

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Why Buy these Old Phones from Us?

Our unique selling point is that we pay as much care and attention renovating and servicing the insides, as we do restoring the outsides to these beautiful old phones. Although you cannot see this internal servicing and restoration, we believe it is worth all the extra effort, as it improves the phones day to day function and helps preserve these 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 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 10 years. Our main technician has over 32 years experience working for BT (with many City & Guilds qualifications in Telecommunications).

About Abdy Antique Telephones

British Vintage Telephones

All the old telephones we have for sale are genuine original British GPO Dial phones that we have correctly converted, restored and serviced ready for modern use.

Our vintage telephones simply plug into a modern phone socket and will not interfere with other phones in your house.

We have converted all these antique phones professionally so that they will not slow your Broadband speeds or make your Broadband connection unreliable.

We have also put together more detailed information pages for 200 Series Bakelite GPO Telephones.

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How to Buy Antique 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.

We always take good quality photographs of all our antique telephones 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 old Bakelite telephones and retro phones for sale on display at Elsecar Antiques Centre near Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

Antique Phones For Sale

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 from 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 dial phone.


Why Buy Old Telephones?

Genuine vintage phones were made in an age when the 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 telephone 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 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 for old telephone repairs or just Bakelite GPO phone spares you have found the right place.

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