For your consideration is this very interesting and somewhat unusual oak cased telephone operators switchboard.
The 21″ x 10″ x 4″ case is constructed with the tongue and groove style and is in nice condition for the age of this piece, with some scratches and areas of finish wear/loss noted.
On the front panel is a black painted brass receiver, glass window with a dial behind, and a row of 28 buttons with tag holders next to them.
Once the front cover is opened you will see a double-sprung clockwork mechanism, winding key, and other gubbins and such. The inside is remarkably clean. The clockwork mechanism appears to be inoperable.
No markings denoting a manufacture date, place, or company were found. This small unit was perhaps a switchboard for a company or office of some variety.
This would be a great display item as-is or repurposed in some way, such as a cabinet to hold a small spirits bottle and glasses.
Please see the photos for more detail on this great old bit of nostalgic decor.