Those "Tap-Lite" switches were quite the finishing touch in the modern contemporary home of the late 1950s/early 1960s. They are analoguous to the common toggle wall switch - push on, push off. I have a friend who has a number of these single and double gang devices in her house. The one shown here features a woodgrain cover which hides the 6/32" mounting screws.
My favorite is still the old 1910 era 2 button switch (with the real "mother of pearl" inset for the "on" button, and solid brass plate, of course .
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Is Honeywell a US company?. Reason I ask that is because a lot of Room Thermostats here are made by H/well. I always thought they came from the UK. BTW HCE727, that stuff is in pristine condition. Thanks for the pics, I could look at old stuff like this for hours.
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My favorite is still the old 1910 era 2 button switch (with the real "mother of pearl" inset for the "on" button, and solid brass plate, of course.
I recently bought a 1957 Leviton catalog which included mother-of-pearl pushbutton switches. I'd bet these were old stock. I have a 1996 Leviton catalog listing t-slot receptacles, and T-rated switches, and other things they were probably trying to unload.
I am looking for the Honeywell tap-lites that you show in the above photo. My parents are selling their home and need to replace some of these. I need 4 two tap-lites switch plate covers and 1 four tap-lite switch plate. Do you know anyone that has some of these?
I have made custom plates myself with a bench router or even a Dremel tool, starting with a blank cover or a toggle cover, depending on where the screw holes need to be. You can always start with a clean sheet of brass too.
A funny thing guys, I was looking at that picture of that box of cable staples. When I first started my time as an electrician, we had an area upstairs at work called "The Museum", most of it had stuff that we only used once in a while, but there was an area, that had stuff that was so out-dated it never got used, there was boxes and boxes of really old stuff from the 30's, the war years and the 50's. In amongst this stuff, I swear there was at least two boxes of these same insulated staples, back in the days when electricity was first put into houses over here, you had 2 single conductors, varnished cambric tinned copper wire was used and it was stapled along the timber framing in the house. So simple, but you didn't need a lot back then, having lights in your house, would have been a heap better than the old gas lamps (if you could get them), it just meant you had more visitors at night, coming to see this new- fangled lighting. One other thing we had upstairs was an old knife type 2 pole main switch rated at 80A per pole, it looked like something out of a Frankenstein movie, I kick myself for not getting a photo of that.
There was an old catalog that I used to get from a company called Rejuvenations. They had the old electrical switches and things in there. Here by me, the houses are between 50-200 years old and some of them still have the old knob and tube wiring and switches, etc. So my customers could still replace their old switches with new modern ones that looked old. Try going to this location:
This site also has another old style that was popular around here it was called the Remcon Relay system. You would install the little relay in the box which fed you light and you ran a small low voltage wire down to the switch. It was momentary on/off to get your light to work. The best thing about this system, was that you could run 3, 5 ,6 or 8 switches down by your front door and you could use it as a master switch to turn on outside lights, garage lights, front door lights, and walkway lights all from the front door.