Telephone, 'Bauhaus', metal / Bakelite / rubber / electronic components, designed by Marcel Breuer / Richard Schadewell, 1928, made by Fuld & Co / Telephonbau & Normazeit GmbH, Frankfurt / Main, Germany, probably 1934. The rotary dial telephone sits neatly on a flat surface, with the somewhat larger handset extending much wider than the body. The body is black lacquered sheet brass, with an inset rotary dial face in white enamel with black numbers, set into a nickel disk. The centre of the dial has a black metal disk with slightly raised numbers in white (in the new Futura font) and the company logo 'TN' and is attached to the body with a silver six sided screw. The cradle plunger, which looks like two large Bakelite 'ears', holds the relatively large handset, made of one piece of Bakelite slightly arched for the hand, with the receiver and speaker set in circular disks on either side. The receiver is tilted directionally to reduce acoustic feedback and distortion when speaking into the phone. The textile covered cord is attached to this end. There are two small buttons on the front face of the body, a grey one top left is an extension switch and slides up and down. A black recall button is fitted on the lower right side. A black metal label holder is affixed to the front edge, now with blank aged cardboard, but perhaps for the number of the phone.There are perforated air vents on each side of the body, and at the back a diamond shaped metal plate with the company logo TN for Telefonbau & Normazeit GmbH.


  • Title: Fuld 'Bauhaus' telephone
  • Creator: Marcel Breuer & Richard Schadewell
  • Date: 1928
  • Location: Frankfurt, Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: 135mm (h) x 250mm (w) x 165mm (d)
  • See MAAS website: See MAAS Collection record

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