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Bell System Western Electric Lineman Rotary Telephone Handset
This set is complete in excellent condition and has been tested and works great, probably the best vintage handset you will find anywhere!

It's actually called a "Butt-set", complete with the red and black wires and a clip so you can hang it from the nail on your own pole. Many of these Butt-sets have clips missing and wires broken, but this one is complete.

No cracks in the wiring, no visible damage, dial spins and return freely, the dial is not bent and everything looks good. It will function properly.

Lore has it that the reason for the name Butt-set, is that this device is named after the inventor Mr. Buttinsky. The phone company still refers to them as Buttinsky's. "The term "butt-in" and "butt-out" came from telephone terminology. It was used by the "Telephone Repairman" to troubleshoot problems in phone line circuits or to monitor, break in (or "butt in") to a telephone conversation already in progress.

This set is complete in excellent condition and has been tested and works great, probably the best vintage handset you will find anywhere!

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