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#153111 - 04/25/06 06:32 PM Brass Cover Plate
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This is a normal sized single gang cover plate, but with slots for 2 switches? Or maybe it was meant for something like TV antenna jacks?

Anyone know what this cover plate would have gone with?

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#153112 - 04/25/06 07:25 PM Re: Brass Cover Plate
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Probabaly a set of switches mounted vertically on a single yoke.
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#153113 - 04/26/06 07:12 AM Re: Brass Cover Plate
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I saw one of these plates some time back in the front hall of a turn of the century house here. The handles for two tumbler switches extended through the holes - as celtic said, a couple of switches on a single yoke. I did not get to actually see the switches themselves, but imagined they were probably not too much different from the combination devices available today (switch/switch, or switch/receptacle).

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#153114 - 04/26/06 06:49 PM Re: Brass Cover Plate
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OMG....it literally JUST dawned on me....I have that plate w/2 switches on one yoke in my own house - I hit it everytime I head on down to the basement...LMAO.

My house was built in 1950, I am the second owner. The first owner made no changes at all - so it is "OEM".

Anyone want pics?
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#153115 - 04/26/06 07:13 PM Re: Brass Cover Plate
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Show em off!
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#153116 - 04/26/06 07:26 PM Re: Brass Cover Plate
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Here you go:






Edited to put images on ECN server


[This message has been edited by electure (edited 09-11-2006).]
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#153117 - 04/26/06 08:06 PM Re: Brass Cover Plate
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Oooh, Despard.

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#153118 - 04/26/06 11:34 PM Re: Brass Cover Plate
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There's a true value a town over from where I am where you can still buy the switches/receptacles for despard bar units
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#153119 - 04/27/06 02:16 AM Re: Brass Cover Plate
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There's one question that always strikes me when seeing Despard devices: are there US boxes that can be mounted horizontally instead of the usual vertical orientation?

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#153120 - 04/27/06 04:58 AM Re: Brass Cover Plate
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yes and no..

I've never seen a 2x4 box with ears on the short side, but you could always use a 4x4 with a plaster ring in that orientation, or add a block to mount a 2x4 sideways..

my high school theatre had despard low voltage momentary switches all over the catwalk areas, controlling a set of relays for the various worklights/running lights.

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