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Brass Cover Plate #153111
04/25/06 09:32 PM
04/25/06 09:32 PM
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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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Re: Brass Cover Plate #153112
04/25/06 10:25 PM
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Probabaly a set of switches mounted vertically on a single yoke.


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Re: Brass Cover Plate #153113
04/26/06 10:12 AM
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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).

Mike (mamills)

Re: Brass Cover Plate #153114
04/26/06 09:49 PM
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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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Re: Brass Cover Plate #153115
04/26/06 10:13 PM
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Show em off! [Linked Image]


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Re: Brass Cover Plate #153116
04/26/06 10:26 PM
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Here you go:
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Edited to put images on ECN server


[This message has been edited by electure (edited 09-11-2006).]


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Re: Brass Cover Plate #153117
04/26/06 11:06 PM
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Oooh, Despard.

Re: Brass Cover Plate #153118
04/27/06 02:34 AM
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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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Re: Brass Cover Plate #153119
04/27/06 05:16 AM
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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?

Re: Brass Cover Plate #153120
04/27/06 07:58 AM
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techie  Offline
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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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