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Old Stuff!! #152660
11/18/05 01:50 AM
11/18/05 01:50 AM
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I found these in an old electricians basement.

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I found these in a garage from 1929, the were still in working condition!
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Re: Old Stuff!! #152661
11/18/05 10:48 AM
11/18/05 10:48 AM
pauluk  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
What are the dates on sopme of this stuff? The Push-Matic breakers and Tap Lite boxes look typical 1960s styling.

Not sure about the wirenuts and insulated staples. Possibly a little earlier, although sometimes the same box designs lasted for years!

Re: Old Stuff!! #152662
11/18/05 11:25 AM
11/18/05 11:25 AM
Hemingray  Offline
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 199
Lehigh Acres, FL
What was that TAP-LIGHT switch used for?

Re: Old Stuff!! #152663
11/19/05 07:59 PM
11/19/05 07:59 PM
mamills  Offline
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Posts: 745
Wharton, Texas, USA
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 [Linked Image].

Mike (mamills)

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Re: Old Stuff!! #152664
11/19/05 09:04 PM
11/19/05 09:04 PM
Trumpy  Offline

Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,236
SI,New Zealand
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. [Linked Image]
Thanks for the pics, I could look at old stuff like this for hours. [Linked Image]

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Re: Old Stuff!! #152665
11/19/05 10:57 PM
11/19/05 10:57 PM
HCE727  Offline
Joined: Nov 2005
Posts: 186
Delaware County, PA, USA
You and me both, love that stuff! I have a couple of other things that I am going to post.

Re: Old Stuff!! #152666
11/20/05 01:41 AM
11/20/05 01:41 AM
yaktx  Offline
Joined: Feb 2003
Posts: 288
Austin, Texas, USA
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.

Re: Old Stuff!! [Re: Admin] #211744
11/14/13 04:45 PM
11/14/13 04:45 PM
TWeeks  Offline
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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?

Please email me at

Re: Old Stuff!! [Re: Admin] #211747
11/14/13 11:15 PM
11/14/13 11:15 PM
HotLine1  Offline

Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 6,936
Brick, NJ USA
Best suggestion I could offer is:
Get the exact dimension of the hole(s).
Contact Mulberry Metals via a google search.
They MAY have a plate available, or for the $$$ custom make them.

They are still in Union, NJ

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Re: Old Stuff!! [Re: Admin] #211763
11/15/13 01:31 PM
11/15/13 01:31 PM
gfretwell  Offline

Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 9,186
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.

Greg Fretwell
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