Specifically it’s a Model 2500 made in the 1980’s!
I don’t know why, but things like these have always fascinated me. I’ve always had a soft spot for classic electronics and gadgets (some so heavy, you could also use them to repel burglers), but phones in particular have been top on the list. The manufacturer, Comdial, is now bankrupt although they’ve been making phones since October 1982. So the phone could be older than I am. Unfortunately I couldn’t find any dates for reference.
I actually got this phone a few years ago for a short film; the screenplay I wrote, WHICH SHALL NEVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY, called for the number 216 on the label. 6 * 6 * 6 = 216… Yeah, this was totally a B-movie.
I don’t remember if I got it at a yard sale or in the trash. Either way, after spending a few more years in storage, it’s finally home!
When I finally build my little cabin, I’m having this connected as soon as the phone lines get hooked up. It would totally match the rest of the retro feel I’m going for.