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Includes Dial Hand Test Sets ("Butt Sets")


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WE 1002 Handset    WE 1004 Handset    WE A Handset    WE G Handset
 
   WE K Handset    WE L Handset    WE M Handset

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Related pages on this site:   WE Handsets:  F   GF   G   K      Northern Electric Uniphone Handsets

 
This page provides general identification information on many Western Electric handsets,
focusing on handsets made before the Bell System break-up in 1984.

Handsets with numeric codes were primarily used internal to the Bell System for test sets or specialty applications (e.g. intercoms) -- only occasionally in general subscriber environments.

Handsets with letter codes, started with the A-type,
were for general use,
and were combined with "handset mountings" to create a whole telephone.


Most  handset types have several variations with suffix numbers and letters to denote
different terminal, switch and wiring arrangements.  See the catalogs or BSPs for details.
There are undoubtedly more BSP references to be found.

Color information is on the page "Phones in Color!"
Handset mountings are covered on WE Handset Mounting Types.

Follow links where available to detail pages highlighting the major variations.

This is a work in progress.  Please send comments, additions and corrections.



Photo
Description & Marking
Common
Uses
BSP/
Catalog
Reference
 WE 1001 Handset
WE 1001 Handset

Originally used by linemen.  Variations with pushbuttons could be used as desk stand replacements (e.g. 1040AL).

Introduced ca. 1902
Test Sets

Field Phones

Interphones

Desk Stand Replacement
____________
WE Telephonic Apparatus Catalog, 1908 edition,
  p.33

WE 1918
Yearbook,
  p.31

 WE 1002 Handset
WE 1002 Handset

The ring is connected to a line switch, which goes off hook when the handset is removed from a hook.

Introduced ca. 1907

WE 1002 AC Handset
Marked 2AC
Desk Stand Replacement

Often found
connected to
315 or 400
subset.

Switchboards
WE Telephonic Apparatus Catalog, 1908 edition,
  p.34

WE 1916
Yearbook,
  p.100
WE 1003 Handset and Hanger
WE 1003 Handset

Introduced ca. 1910

WE 1003 marking
Interphones
WE 1916
Yearbook,
  pp. 43, 66
 WE 1004 Handset and case
WE 1004 Handset

WE 1004 Handle
Field Phones

Train
Dispatching
WE Railroad Tel. and Selective Apparatus, 1922, p. 10.

WE Railway Train Dispatching Systems, 1934, p. 52

WE 1001A handset
WE 1010A Handset

WE 1010A handle marking

Note: The handset is sealed, with no apparent way to get in to change elements or the cord.
Early
WE 301A
(replaced
 by F3)
Found set
WE 1011 Handset
1011B

WE 1011G Handset with 3" dial and CO Test Cord
1011G with Dial Central Office Test Cord
WE 1011 Handset (Dial Hand Test Set)

Introduced ca. 1939.  "Dial-in -handset" became the inspiration for the Trimline decades later.

1011A - Manual,
         B - Small 103A dial,
         C - G - 3" 6A dial, 346A plug and various cords and specialty connectors to fit equipment to be tested.

F1 and HA1 elements (same as F Handset)





1011 Without Bell System markings
Without Bell System marking (1011BW)

WE 1011 Handset - Military markings
Military TS-365/CT marking

General Purpose
Test Set



3" dial for Dial
  CO Testing
 
   Panel
   Crossbar
   Step by step
WE Cat. 11,
  p. 186

100-120-101
106-020-111
WE 1012 Handset

WE 1012 elements
WE 1012 Handset

1001-style handle with F handset caps and elements.
Train
Dispatching
WE Railway Train Dispatching Tel. Systems, 1949, p. 109

WE Cat. 11, 1950
  p. 186
WE 1013 Handset (Dial Hand Test Set)
 
1013 blue  1014 yellow
WE 1013 and 1014 Handsets (Dial Hand Test Sets)

11-type dial.
T1 and LA2 elements.
Colors and cords vary by model and intended use.

    Blue - 1013A, general purpose, alligator clips
    Orange - 1013B, replaced the 1013A
    Yellow - 1014, 346A plug, various cords and specialty connectors to fit equipment to be tested.

Since sets were used by technicians, found sets often had cords and plastics changed -- including two-tone sets (e.g. half blue and half orange).
General Purpose
Test Set

Dial CO
Testing
100-120-101
106-020-111
106-020-113
ATT 1015 Handset (Hand Test Set)
AT&T 1015 Craft Test Set (Dial Hand Test Set)

  Dial: TouchTone/Dial Pulse
  Polarity/LND allows redialing the last number dialed
  LEDs above dial indicate polarity and confirm ringing signal
  Mute switch disconnects transmitter


ATT 1015 Box
For reference: Box art (c) 1986
General Purpose
Test Set
User's Manual, 1986
D-specification Handsets
D-Specification Type Handsets

Components and construction vary by model variation.

    Some variations include:
        D-81760, D-81761, D-81762, D-81763
        D-158318
        D-75959

Variations include cords and specialty connectors that fit equipment to be tested and may include switchable resistors or capacitors for specialty tests.  (See the BSP.)

Sets using the same or very similar castings are also found from other companies, such as AE


General Purpose
Test Set



Dial CO
Testing
 
   Panel
   Crossbar
   Step by step

   Community
   Dial

   Intertoll
   Dialing

   Dial PBX
100-120-101
WE A Handset on A handset mounting

WE A Handset
Jim Prather Photo
 

WE A Handset
WE A Handset

WE A Handset
WE Type-A

Introduced ca. 1922, with several versions produced until about 1924.
A mounting
-
WE E Handset

WE E Handset - handle
WE E Handset

E1 - 9-line

WE D80370 Handset
Early D 80370 marking

Introduced ca. 1926.

Starting in 1935, the E1B included the F1 transmitter developed for the F handset.

For details and variations, see "Desk Telephones of the Bell System" by Lawrence Wolff.
A mounting
B mounting
C mounting
D mounting
E mounting
C32.202
C32.203
C32.275
C63.341
Western Electric F Handsets
WE F Handset

Introduced ca. 1936 in bakelite.  Went to plastic in the early 1950s.

    Variations

WE F1 Handset Handle
B mounting refurb
D mounting refurb
     Imperial
     Continental

211
300-series

5300-series
C18.022
C32.203
C32.275
C38.807
C55.152
C63.341

501-210-101
501-210-300
501-220-100
501-230-100

WE GF Handset
WE GF Handset

Uses G1 or G3 handle with adapters to hold the F1 handset's F and HA elements.

  Details
5300-series 502-400-301 NY
WE G Handset
WE G Handset

Introduced in 1949 in bakelite.  Went to plastic in 1953 for colored sets and the mid-1960s for black sets.

  Variations


WE G Handset Handle
500-series
1500-series
2500-series
3500-series
Princess
C18.022
C32.203
C32.204
C63.341

501-210-102
501-210-103
501-210-104
501-210-120
501-210-300
501-210-301
501-211-102
501-211-103
501-211-400
502-200-101
WE J1 Handset
WE J Handset

Control of 1-type telephone reporting set from a remote line.  Similar to G5 with a switch controlled oscillator for generating a 1475 cps signal.
1-type
reporting set
501-210-104
WE K Handset
WE K Handset

  
Variations
Design Line
  Accent
  Elite
  Exeter
  Stowaway
  Telstar

TouchAMatic 16 960 2960

Comkey 416
Late 2500
501-210-105

503-200-106
503-200-103
503-200-100
503-200-125
503-200-101
503-200-127
503-200-105
503-200-128

WE L Handset (on a Celebrity)
WE L Handset
Design Line
  Celebrity

503-200-104
503-200-129

WE M Handset
WE M Handset

    R, M and N Handset size comparison.
TouchAMatic S
501-210-110

503-400-100
WE N Handset
WE N Handset

    R, M and N Handset size comparison.
Design Line
  Big Button
  Glow
  Olympic '84 "Showcase"

503-200-118
503-200-133
503-200-134

WE R Handset
WE R Handset

    R, M and N Handset size comparison.
Merlin
501-210-130



Handset Components

WE E Handset components
E Handset Components (E1A, early)


WE F Handset components
F Handset Components
WE GF Handset components
GF Handset Components
G1 Handset Components
G1 Handset Components


R, N and M Handset Size Comparison

WE R, M and N Handsets - comparison     WE R, M and N Handsets - comparison
R (black), N (white) and M (yellow) Handsets




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