Posted 3 years ago
This measures 7.5" x 3.5" x 2". My house was built in 1883 and is a time capsule of many things, especially technological curiosities. The original gas lighting fixtures are still in the lath and plastered walls, there are tin ceilings, a brick cistern is under the house, bump outs in the walls near the ceilings to a no longer used chimney for wood or coal stoves, wavy glass in windows, etc. This artifact is, I think, part of the old telephone system and, I think, was either used to ring the telephone or protect it, or both. It was mounted to one of the floor joists in my basement, connected to the old knob and tube cloth wrapped wiring which still runs all through my house, next to the modern Romex which replaced it. It was made by the Sands Electric Company which existed as early as 1890. Does anyone know exactly what the purpose was for this? I display it as a piece of mechanical art.