|As were most, this Keystone wood wall phone was produced
by American Electric for Keystone Electric Tele. Co. But
this is definitely a different type of wall phone. In my
research I have not found anything similar.
Seems to have
the design of a 2 box, but is equipped with a writing shelf
where the battery box is normally located. Below the writing
shelf are two wire terminals that would connect to a battery
This phone is all original, likely created as displayed.
There is no evidence of any alterations to the wood, ie: no
additional filled holes in the backboard to accommodate
different screws/parts, and all wire grooves cut into the
backside of the backboard are unaltered.
Interestingly, the only "Keystone" identifier is the
nickeled metal plate on the front of the magneto. The
inscription on the plate is Keystone Electric Telephone Co.
Pittsburg, PA. Although not often found on Keystone
telephone related items, here Pittsburgh is spelled without
the "h" at the end, which actually was the city's official
spelling from 1890-1911 which doesn't really help with a
All other identifiers are American Electric. The receiver
hook with the American Electric shield rather than the
normally found earlier steerhorn type hook. Although often
found on early Keystone's, the tag labeled INDEPENDENT
SYSTEM with the AE shield located on the front of the mag
box is somewhat different than the norm.
If anyone can offer additional info on this type
phone, please feel free to contact me.