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Old Bryant Receptacle #153101
04/23/06 07:50 PM
04/23/06 07:50 PM
Trumpy  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,260
SI,New Zealand
Posted for Alan Nadon:

I took some pictures of my collection this weekend. This is the first. I'll send others later.
The picture is a Bryant receptacle. The cover has spring loaded shutters that open inward allowing the plug to be inserted. These were
removed from a house in 1995. They were on a 120 Volt A.C circuit. In all my years I have never seen this kind of round pin on a house
receptacle. Especially with the pins being the energized part.
(Ignore the green doodad that I used to hold the doors open.)
The receptacle was in the floor of a posh house and the painter almost got the leg of his aluminum ladder in the hole where the outlet that didn't have a cover was located. He said it was old stuff and not energized. I put my test light on it and he started saying how dangerous that stuff was.

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{Thanks Alan}

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Re: Old Bryant Receptacle #153102
04/25/06 06:02 AM
04/25/06 06:02 AM
pauluk  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
That's certainly different. I can't help wondering whether this was ever actually intended to be used as a 120V outlet.

Maybe its original design purpose was for a power inlet or for low-voltage?

What are the markings, if any, on the "receptacle" itself?

Re: Old Bryant Receptacle #153103
04/26/06 12:06 PM
04/26/06 12:06 PM
Alan Nadon  Offline
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 399
Elkhart, IN. USA
I checked the device and the only information on it was on the mounting strap.
It is stamped 10A 250V. That kind of rules out a low voltage application.
It was on a 120 volt circuit when I saw it.
The cover only states Bryant Electric Co.
Patent Applied For.
No date, or other numbers.
Makes me wonder if they ever got the patent.

If it was easy, anyone could do it.
Re: Old Bryant Receptacle #153104
04/26/06 08:16 PM
04/26/06 08:16 PM
techie  Offline
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 247
palo alto, ca usa
I wonder if this was intended to be the mate to a doghouse of some sort to form a floor outlet.

Re: Old Bryant Receptacle #153105
04/26/06 09:16 PM
04/26/06 09:16 PM
Trumpy  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,260
SI,New Zealand
This is a strange outlet indeed, it sort of reminds me of a clock outlet I saw once in an old book.
Never seen anything like it since, anywhere.


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