Invention And Design Of Candlestick Antique Telephones

Antiques are valuable, classy, expensive, timeless, and so much more. Few people consider them as trash, whereas some prize it as a treasure. It is true that everything that exists will turn old one day. However, only valuable things can gain the stature of a precious antique. People usually pass the antiquities to the next generation as a family heirloom. However, you have to preserve it to maintain its magnificence.

One of the most precious antiquities includes the popular candlestick telephones. The candlestick telephones were popular in the 1890s-1940s. During this era, people use to call these telephones with different names such as desk stands, stick phones, or upright phones. A candlestick telephone consists of a transmitter escalated on the stand and a receiver that the user has to hold near his/her ear while attending a call. Wish to understand more about the history of these telephones? Keep reading!

Invention Of The Candlestick Telephones

After the advent of the heavy wooden telephones in the year 1876, Alexander Graham Bell came out with the first upright telephones that were initially known as desk stands. With the increasing competition in the industry, Bell had to come up with a new technology in his invention. When his patent over these candlestick telephones expired in the year 1893, several companies across the world started coming up with diverse designs of the upright telephones. However, the customers’ trust remained with the Bell Company, as it was original.

Consumers usually found themselves stuck between the Bell Company and Non-Bell Company. Most people preferred to go with the Bell Company in order to match-up with the rest of the community. Due to this, each telephone company that emerged during that time began to fall.


It was only in 1926 when the popularity of Candlestick telephones declined. With the emergence of the western electric telephones, the candlestick era came to an end. Know more about the design of the candlestick antique telephones by scrolling down!

Design Of The Candlestick Telephones

Usually, the design and shape of the candlestick telephones were altered as per the nature of the telephone industry. Consumers preferred those sets that resembled the original Bell-invented telephones. As far as the candlesticks are concerned, most companies came up with their own designs but the winning cup remained with Bell.

The candlesticks have a vertical cylindrical neck of up to 25 cm on which stands a transmitter and a switch hook with a hanging receiver. When the user has to answer a call or make one, he/she has to lift the receiver from the hook, which will activate the internal switches and enable connection to the telephone line.


Some of the basic components that are essential for the installation of the candlesticks include subset, ringer box, capacitor, magneto, electromagnetic receiver, induction coil, connecting terminals, and signaling generator.

Ralph Waldo Emerson correctly quotes it, “Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural.” People often love to unbury the treasure. Same is happening with the candlestick telephones. Nowadays, people have begun appreciating the antique items. Many people purchase the candlestick telephones for home decoration, office decoration, or for displaying them in an exhibition.