alright.. I guess I must enjoy living on Ramen Noodles, eggs and bananas... and not using any electricity... or driving anywhere but to work... I went ahead and grabbed up that bakelite GPO No. 26 bellset box for my GPO 232 phone. I have no idea if its in actual working order or even how to wire it up... especially for the US system but I did find a couple of forums on such issues and I can get help should I want it to function... in the meantime, the phone set is now complete and I will probably sandwich it properly to create the king pyramid style. the phone as you know utilizes just two captive screws at the bottom and it is very easily attached. now its a completed set for that fateful day when I want to sell it it should have more appeal and value. its supposedly a very early one dating to 1937. it is stenciled as such on the bottom with no further refurb date stamps so it should be all original but whether or not it works is the big question.
I did a lot of research and my decision was based on the fact that the No. 26 bellsets are very hard to come by and highly sought after and although I paid too much for this one its the only one I've seen made available to someone in the states. I doubt I will see one again and I didn't want to kick myself in the future for not just getting it when the opportunity was there. Jesus.... now I have to eat noodle soup for a month.