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Gower Bell Telephone Co

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1879 Frederick Gower, an American engineer, patented a wall telephone (useful because early phones were heavy) which was marketed as the Gower-Bell telephone.

c.1880 Company formed in Britain by Charles James Wollaston, Frederick Gower and a few other individuals.

1881/82 David Moseley and Sons made telephone equipment under licence, such as the Gower-Bell wall telephone.

1881 United Telephone Co and Gower Bell Telephone Co formed Consolidated Telephone Construction and Maintenance Co Ltd to manufacture their telephones and equipment[1]. Arrangement to supply equipment to the Oriental Telephone Co Ltd[2].

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