Prior to the design of the Ericsson table model nearly all telephones were hung from the wall. To some degree this was a convenient solution to concealing the lines associated with the telephones within wall cavities safely. The wall mounted telephone designs required the user to stand by the wall and speak into a fixed microphone while holding a receiver to their ear with one hand. There was often a small ledge designed into the timber cabinet case that accommodated note taking.
This was one of the first telephones to incorporate the microphone and receiver elements into a single handset and one of the first free standing designs for a table top. It was popular and remained in production from 1892 till 1929 with sales of a million units over that period. It design was copied by other manufacturers.
It presented a unique design with all the elements of the phone visible as the magneto, bells, wiring and handset are mounted off the forged iron frame.
Campbell Bickerstaff 2013