These two phones were gifted to my son, by a man who saw his collection this past weekend. The man, displaying his antique gas engines at the same event my son was attending this past weekend, was impressed with my sonís collection of militaria and offered these two phones to him if he wanted them. We stopped by his house yesterday and picked them up.
The phone on the left is a US Army Signal Corps EE-8-A, an early WWII portable field phone. Although it looks pretty rough in the photos, I think it is going to clean up real well, hard to find these with solid leather carrying straps and the leather top is often missing. The phone to the right is one I am not familiar with and am going to have to do a little research on however, I do believe it to also be WWII period.
My son has another EE-8-A, we picked up some time ago. I think we are going to try and get the both of them working again and he can set them up on either end of his display and let folks try them out, would make a great hands-on history lesson.
Russ & Son