WWII USAAF T-17 Lollipop Microphone
The T-17 Series of military communications microphone was designed by Shure Brothers, Inc. and became one of the most successful microphones used, especially in aircraft.
The T-17 series has letter suffixes that are for various changes in design. Suffixes A, B and C are two piece bodies with a separate mike element that can be replaced. Later prefixes used a one piece body and features a mike element that is integral to the mouth cup.
This particular example is an aircraft version as identified by the number of holes found in the mouth piece. The markings on the body confirm this is a T-17D version , produced following the placing of a contract in 1944 by the Philadelphia Army Depot .
The microphone is in very good condition and is fitted with a Shure SW-217 press/talk button and with a PL-68 jack plug.
The lead is in excellent condition and shows no signs of cracking or damage
Microphones such as these were used by aircrew in Aircraft such as the famous B-17 and B-24
A nice piece of original iconic USAAF pilots equipment