Unicorn Restorations Limited

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VAT Registration No: 198 8217 52

Original kiosks, beautifully restored

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?

We restore the three classic models of red telephone kiosk the K2, the K6 and the K8

K6

Jubilee Kiosk

Our Jubilee kiosk is fully restored to Museum Standard from the bare metal up using original parts or reproduced from original patterns.

 

It features:

 

  • Original kiosk, hand finished in BS539 Red Enamel and White Gloss to Museum specification.

  • Glazed throughout with toughened safety glass including original specification telephone signage.

  • Fitted with cast frames, fixed with brass tapered glazing pins and gap dressed.

  • New hardwood door surround, hung with brass door hinges.

  • Restored door shackles with steel pins and leather door straps.

  • Original polished stainless steel door pull handle.

  • Restored original bottle style door closer.

  • Original pattern brass light fitting and vintage style bulb.

  • Hockey stick style power guard.

  • Fitted floor insert

  • Crowns hand gilded with 23ct gold leaf

  • Original Bakelite telephone, fully working and ready to connect.

  •  Hardwood ebonized parcel and directory shelves with stainless steel trims and liners.

  • A&B coin box to take Penny, Shilling and Sixpence.

  • Two piece wallboard with stainless steel notice frames with your choice of period signs. Personalised emergency notice and dial centre.

Dimensions. 3ft. x 3ft. x 8ft 4in. Weight 750kgs

Jubilee Kiosk £6900

K6

Trafalgar Kiosk

 

As the Jubilee specification but supplied with a simple blank one-piece back board.

 

£5500

K6

Piccadilly Kiosk 

 

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

£4400

VAT to be added where applicable.

Nation-wide delivery. Installation using our own experienced team available.

World-wide shipping. Full export case packing carried out in-house

 

K2

K2 Kiosk with Jubilee Interior 

Created in 1926 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott for a GPO completion and chosen by the Royal Fine Arts Commission as the outstanding design, 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. Its imposing elegance is influenced by the tomb of architect Sir John Soane.

 

Larger and more ornate than later kiosks, the pierced crown and circular vented ceiling show how the practical can also be stylish.

Too expensive for national use, the Post Office produced them exclusively for the London area.. All examples still on the street are preserved by order of English Heritage.

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

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

K2 Jubilee £17,500

VAT to be added where applicable.

Nation-wide delivery. Installation using our own experienced team available.

World-wide shipping. Full export case packing carried out in-house

 

K8 Kiosk

Introduced in 1968 the K8 was a radical change to suit the mood of the Sixties .It’s futuristic design now tells more of the Sixties and Seventies than the future itself. It’s “form from function” modular pattern was simple to build but smartly stylish.

Designed by Bruce Martin and it had practical adjustments from the K6 with one large pane of glass each side and a lighter aluminum door. The cast iron body has a flattened dome and edging to carry rainwater.

This was the last of the red kiosks to be produced and very few are in service. There are now moves to have them preserved as a part of our late 20th century 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 door straps with steel pins

  • safety glass

  • plain one piece black gloss wallboard

  • floor insert

  • electric light fitting

  • hand painted in BS539 Red Enamel

  • POA interiors can be fitted to this model

 

 

Dimensions. 3ft. x 3ft. x 8ft 4in. Weight 600kgs

 

K8 Kiosk £3300

VAT to be added where applicable.

Nation-wide delivery. Installation using our own experienced team available.

World-wide shipping. Full export case packing carried out in-house

 

Kiosk Hire

Film , TV and Corporate event hire

We have a long history of providing street furniture for TV, film and events. With our experience and stock we can deliver authentic pieces from different eras that can stand close scrutiny. The kiosks are in street condition to blend with any setting. It will come with the correct period interior for your project.

Events

We have a lightweight kiosk and pillar box that are ideal for special events.

 

Lightweight Kiosk

Lightweight Pillar Box

Location shooting

The unusual collection at our workshops has also proved popular for filming and photography.

Our workshops and site is available for shoots for £100 + VAT per hour.