I can't say that I remember my parents owning a telephone table but back in the day when phones were attached by a cord to the wall, families had a small table to hold their phone. Most of them had a chair near the table and some even had a table with a chair attached, along with a drawer or shelf to store the phone book.
This telephone table came with a bonus - a pencil sharpener! I guess someone wanted to be able to sharpen their pencil while talking on the phone.
It had been banished to the cellar - where I found it at an estate sale. It was wobbly and in very sad shape. Fortunately, the missing chair rungs were in the drawer.
It was reglued & clamped, it was cleaned & lightly sanded, it was painted black (BM's Aura in Twilight Zone) and distressed, then it was reupholstered. Here's the update:
It's ready for the 21st century - a comfy little seat while chatting on your cordless or cell phone and definitely a conversation piece!