Share your favorites on Show & Tell

Antique Knife Switch Handmade Lamp

In Tools and Hardware > Show & Tell.
upstatenycol…'s loves6 of 719My beautiful boxOLD MINI 1  5/8" X 2 3/4" MINI B&W PHOTOS
Love it
Like it

blunderbuss2blunderbuss2 loves this.
upstatenycollectorupstatenycollector loves this.
SpiritBearSpiritBear loves this.
CaperkidCaperkid loves this.
See 3 more
Add to collection

    Please create an account, or Log in here

    If you don't have an account, create one here.

    Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

    Posted 4 years ago

    (21 items)

    So this was a very interesting find at the GW, an 1800's porcelain electrical service entrance knife switch that somebody made into a lamp ! It is pretty obvious that who ever made this into a lamp did so sometime ago, maybe the 60's or 70's ? I am really not sure. I showed this to my husband who has worked in Boston as an electrician for many years and he said that he has seen a lot of these knife switches in the basements of houses, however he was intrigued by the fuses in this one. He said that he had never seen a fuse completely cased in metal like these. The switch is labeled GE.CO.CAT.NO.28703 60 AMP. 250 VOLTS. I have searched online for more information on these fuses and have not been able to come up with anything so if any one knows anything more about them I would certainly be interested ! Now I just have to find the right type of shade for it and maybe an Edison bulb ?

    Unsolved Mystery

    Help us close this case. Add your knowledge below.

    Tools and Hardware
    See all
    Authentic Lie-Nielson No 4   Smoothing Plane Complete, Unrestored NR
    Authentic Lie-Nielson No 4 Smooth...
    Vintage Lie-Nielsen Model 62 Low Angle, Bevel-Up Jack-Plane, Adjustable Mouth NR
    Vintage Lie-Nielsen Model 62 Low An...
    Authentic Veritas No 4 Smoothing Bench Plane Complete, Unrestored NR
    Authentic Veritas No 4 Smoothing Be...
    Small Vintage Bronze & Ebony, Low Angle Block Plane, NO RESERVE
    Small Vintage Bronze & Ebony, Low A...
    Authentic Lie-Nielson No 4   Smoothing Plane Complete, Unrestored NR
    Authentic Lie-Nielson No 4 Smooth...
    See all


    1. UncleRon UncleRon, 4 years ago
      Is it possible that these fuses were designed to be "repaired," by the homeowner, with a replacement piece of fuse material, rather than replacing the whole fuse? I've never seen such a thing either. They look dangerous. :-)
    2. Champagne1964, 4 years ago
      Thanks UncleRon, someone else I know suggested that too, just so hard to imagine ! From what I have read online they were VERY dangerous and this one seems to have a higher voltage than most I have seen. I don't even like getting a static shock so I can't even imagine having one of these in my house !!
    3. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      Early breakers/fuse boxes were pretty bad. To reset them, sometimes you'd have to under-go an electric shock when you flipped the switch. They worked, but working on them was no fun.
      Most fuses were made to be disposable, but I don't know about those that are this old.

    Want to post a comment?

    Create an account or login in order to post a comment.