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The K6 Kiosk

Is there a more British landmark than the red telephone box? Like giant red soldiers they have stood sentry for a lifetime and Unicorn is preserving the past for the future with the highest quality restoration of this icon. Designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George the Fifth in 1935, the K6 kiosk was the first to be installed across the country and is what the World knows as the red telephone box.

So follow the sign, pull the chrome handle and step back into your past. Did the door seem heavy when you were young? Did you stand on tip toe to put the money in the slot.? Remember the sound of the bells and gongs as your Pennies, Sixpences and Shillings dropped? Speak to the Operator then press Button A to talk. No answer, then press Button B to see you coins return and hear the mechanism whirl as it resets. The Bakelite telephone is polished black and matches the ebonised shelves, parcels on the left and directory on the right. In contrast, the stainless steel notice frames gleam and the GPO adverts are so colourful. A cigarette holder for Sir and a mirror for Madam. The telephone signs allow the light coming through to be a beacon in the dark. So was it a momentous call or just shelter on a rainy night?

Our Jubilee kiosk is restored to Museum Standard from the bare metal up, using original materials or reproduced from original patterns. It features:

  • Jubilee Interior of two piece wallboard, chrome notice frames with period notices.
  • Original, restored working Bakelite telephone, parcel and directory shelves.
  • A&B coin box to take Penny, Shilling and Sixpence.
  • Hand cast glazing frames fitted with brass tapered glazing pins
  • Brass door hinges, shackles, chrome pins and leather door restraining straps
  • Stainless steel and chrome door pull handle.
  • Glazed throughout in toughened safety glass
  • Floor insert and original pattern brass light fitting.
  • Hand finished in BS539 Red enamel to Museum specification
  • Crowns hand gilded with gold leaf
  • Dimensions. 3ft. x 3ft. x 8ft 4in. Weight 750kgs

Jubilee Kiosk £ 4805

We also have a range of K6 kiosks to suit your requirements.

Trafalgar Kiosk £ 3380

As the Jubilee, but supplied with a plain one-piece back board for contemporary pay phones

Piccadilly Kiosk £ 2995

As the Trafalgar, but less the gold gilding and with current steel frames rather than early cast frames

 

The K2 Kiosk

Designed in 1926 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and chosen by the Royal Fine Arts Commission, the K2 is the original red telephone kiosk. It has been an enduring presence at the heart of London, bearing witness through a Blitz, the changes of the Sixties and Royal and State occasions.

Too expensive for national use, the Post Office produced them exclusively for the London area. Its imposing elegance is influenced by the tomb of architect Sir John Soame. Larger and more ornate than later kiosks, the pierced crown and circular vented ceiling show how the practical can also be stylish.This classically inspired masterpiece has seen service under three Kings and our reigning Queen and all examples still on the street are preserved as Listed buildings by English Heritage.

We can exclusively offer the highest quality restoration complete with our outstanding Jubilee Interior.

K2 Kiosk with Jubilee Interior £ 10,000

Dimensions 3ft.6in x 3ft.6in x 9ft 4in. Weight. 1250kgs

The K8 Kiosk

Designed by Bruce Martin and introduced in 1968 the K8 was a radical change to suit the mood of the Sixties.

A typical Sixties modular design manufactured in cast iron it has flattened dome, minus the Crown.

It had practical adjustments from the K6 with one large pane of glass per side and with a lighter aluminum door

This was the last of the red kiosks to be produced prior to the Stainless Steel "KX" range.

Only a very few are in service and there are moves to have them preserved as a part of our Sixties heritage.

Your kiosk will be fully restored from bare metal upwards using original parts or those taken from original patterns.

It features:

  • brass hinges and shackles
  • leather restraining straps with chromed pins
  • toughened safety glass including telephone signs
  • black gloss wallboard and floor insert
  • electric light fitting
  • hand painted in BS539 Red Enamel
  • Dimensions. 3ft. x 3ft. x 8ft 4in. Weight 600kgs

K8 Kiosk £ 1990

Unrestored K8 Kiosk £ 750

But these are not your only options. Contact us with any special requests.

Tony Inglis 020 8651 2436 or email enquiries@unicornkiosks.com

Ordering and Delivery

VAT must be added for UK and EEC countries.

Nation-wide delivery . Installation using our own Hydraulic Kiosk Trailers and experienced team available.

Export packing and world-wide shipping carried out in-house.