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Old NZ switches #152544 07/08/05 06:56 AM
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Trumpy Offline OP
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Here's a wee thing to get you guys thinking.
Here is a pic of a few older type switches that were used here a while back:

[Linked Image]

OK, in an Anti-Clockwise direction, starting from the bottom left:

  • Sw#1= An old 5A light switch {Sorry it's hard to see under the given light}
  • Sw#2= One of the first rotary Intermediate switches used here.
    (PaulUK, a translation of the Intermediate switch?)
  • Sw#3= A rotary switch, not sure of it's origin, might be a Main Switch.
  • Sw#4= A 3-Heat switch (Low-Medium-High) 10A, used with earlier Storage Ranges.
  • Same thing as #4 but with a 25A rating, was used with later Non-Storage Ranges, with a higher current draw.
  • Now this last one is a bit of a find.
    It's a 15A "Auto-Pop-fuse", which was another name for a Circuit-Breaker in 1932.

Imagine the "boy" dropping that on the floor and breaking it.
"I told you son!!, keep your hands in your pockets in future, even when I ask you for things!". [Linked Image]

[This message has been edited by Trumpy (edited 07-08-2005).]

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Re: Old NZ switches #152545 07/08/05 12:33 PM
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That's a nice collection! Those low/med/high switches look very similar to ones I've seen used here in the past too. It's been a good few years since I've seen one though.

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PaulUK, a translation of the Intermediate switch?
Equivalent to "4-way" in American terminology. [Linked Image]

Re: Old NZ switches #152546 07/12/05 02:54 PM
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Wow!!!
Some of the switches look really familiar!
#1 and 2 could very well be in an old Austrian house. At least #2 would have been 2A probably. #1 would most likely have been 6A.
And the last thing... I thought right away it really looked like a circuit breaker! In the 1950ies we had breakers like that but with an Edison base for replacing Diazed fuses.


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