About Matilo

Arwin Schaddelee
Arwin Schaddelee

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­My name is Arwin Schaddelee and I collect and restore antique and vintage telephones.

I primarily collect rotary dial telephones. At least, I try to limit myself to those. And then I try to stick to telephones that were in use here in the Netherlands.

Nevertheless, I do try to buy any telephones I find interesting enough.

Besides that, I have a number of sub-collections.

Red telephones

Ericsson Dialog
Ericsson Dialog

This gives my collection some direction and keeps me from buying any phone I can find. J I collect only those that were red originally and not repainted at a later moment. It does not matter if it is a rotary dial phone or not. As long as it is red…….

Heemaf 1955

One of the very few completely Dutch telephones ever made. Dutch design,

Heemaf 1955 jan '55
Heemaf 1955 jan ’55

Dutch manufacturer and a very unusual design too. Also it is the very first telephone in my collection. I try to collect every version there is.

Ericsson model 1931

Just a beautifull telephone and far ahead of its

time. This telephone influenced telephone designs for decades. I collect Dutch

Ericsson model 1931 (DBH1001)
Ericsson model 1931 (DBH1001)

versions of it, but also telephones that were derived or inspired by it.

Siemens & Halske Modell 27/W28

This model was the first telephone that was manufactured industrially in the

Netherlands, by Heemaf in Hengelo. Production started in 1931. I collect early

Siemens & Halske Vsa tist 95a
Siemens & Halske Vsa tist 95a

versions of this telephone, from the late 20s, early 30s.

I also collect related equipment like installation material and peripheral equipment and of course literature about telephones.


Heemaf 1955 W Knolled
Heemaf 1955 W Knolled

Aside from collecting telephones I really enjoy restoring them. I try restore them back to their original state. I try to use as much original parts and techniques as possible. I do not want to make them more beautiful than they ever were. Restoring does not mean to make the telephone look as new as possible.

Sometimes I do a restoration projects for others. I also restore telephones that are surplus to my requirements and sell them on the internet.


ribbonOn this website I try to put the kind of information that I myself was looking for when I started collecting and restoring. There is nog much information around on the internet on Dutch telephony and what there is, is rather scanty. And a lot of sites by collectors do not give any additional information about the phones that are pictured.

I also try to share as much methods and techniques for restoring telephones as I can.

I started filling this website in 2013 and the process still continues. As I learn more myself, find more information and add telephones to my collection, I try to share this on my website.

Why the name Matilo?

I do not only have an unusual first name, but also a surname that is rare and most Dutch people have difficulty remembering it correctly. You may well imagine that for non-Dutch people it is even harder.

That is a huge disadvantage if you want to be easily recognisable on the internet. That is why I tried to find a name that is easy to remember, also for non-Dutch speakers.

I thought it would be nice to choose something that fits me and has something to do with who I am. That is why I chose Matilo.

Matilo is the name of a Roman army camp that used to be a stone’s throw away from where my house is today.

For more information on how that site looks today, here is the website of park Matilo

And here is a piece on Matilo on Wikipedia.


  1. Arwin, I am very impressed with the order and neatness of your site. Five years ago, I would not have recognized a single one of these telephones, but today, thanks to you and your fellow Dutch collectors like Robert Wessels, Frank Garnier, and Remco Enthoven, I know much more about Dutch phones and those from other countries used in the Netherlands. And, it was very nice meeting you in person last year when I visited your home town. I hope to see you again soon, and I will see to it that your website is given some mention in our telephone collector newsletter.

    • Thank you very much, Gary. I’m glad to hear you found my site educational. 🙂
      It was indeed very nice meeting you and I hope we’ll meet again. I will sure let you know if I’m ever state side.
      Maybe I will be in the UK in april, as there is a large swap meet. I hope to be able to attend that.
      Thanks for the extra exposure in Singing Wires.

    • Hi Seamus,

      I am on vacation right now, so my time on line is limited.

      You have a US telephone, so the problem may have several causes. It may be a wiring problem, but the phone may also have a frequency ringer. This will not work on a normal telephone line.

      I suggest you ask your questions on the Classic Rotary Phones forum. There are many people there with lots of knowledge on this type of phone. My own experience with these is very limited and they are very different to European phones.

      Otherwise, contact me again in 3 weeks. Then I will be back again.



  2. Hey Arwin, heel mooie uitleg en site. Ik heb een vraag, kan je een oude bakelieten telefoon los van de PTT gebruiken ? Ik zou zo een toestel willen gebruiken in een spel dus. Zelf een belsignaal sturen en bij afname een boodschap laten horen bv via mp3 speler. Zijn er mogelijkheden? Met vriendelijke groeten Erik

    • Hallo Erik,

      Bedankt voor je bericht. Ik was op vakantie, dus vandaar een wat verlaat antwoord.

      Natuurlijk kan dat, maar je zult er wat specialistische elektronica voor nodig hebben of anders de telefoon ingrijpend verbouwen.

      Je kunt bv een rapsberry pie gebruiken en programmeren. Let wel, je de telefoon belt bij een wisselspanning van 90v/25Hz.

      Nog een aandachtspunt is dat de microfoon geen dynamische microfoon is, maar een koolstofmicrofoon.

  3. Beste Arwin,
    Vorige week stuurde ik je een berichtje met een vraag over de bedrading in een norm 51 tafel telefoontoestel. De bedrading ligt nl los en ik weet niet waar eea mee verbonden moet worden. Zie de meegestuurde foto van het binnenwerk.
    Als je gelegenheid hebt hoor ik nog steeds graag wat je reactie is.
    Dit toestel heb ik samen met twee bakelieten wandtoestellen gemonteerd in het huis van een vriend. Ze zijn aangesloten op een homevox 2-6e. De wandtoestellen functioneren goed, maar ik kan er niet mee naar buiten bellen. Dat lukt wel met een druktoets toestel. Nu is mijn tweede vraag: hoe kan ik met de bakelieten toestellen ook naar buiten bellen? Heb je daar een truc voor?
    Ik ben benieuwd naar je reactie.
    Met vriendelijke groeten,
    Han Bernart

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