This is the largest piece in my collection of old stuff. I haven't figured out what to do with it so it just sits in my basement bar. It was taken out of a garage that was turned into a "dwelling unit" by a landlord and rented to some bikers. It was mounted in an inside wall with a wooden cabinet door covering it. The best information I was able to find on it is that it was designed for use as a telephone switch board. That is based on the 48 amp rating on the name plate.
The label list it as 125 Volt, 48 amps. How they would use that in a telephone system I don't know. I can only guess that each circuit went to the drive motor of a switching station,i.e. automatic dialer or Stroger switch. Alan--
I recall seeing similar equipment in older, high value houses on Franklin Rd. in Nashville, TN. back in the 50's. Had nothing to do w/telephone but were circuit protection for lighting/recpts. The ones I saw were behind glass doors and were beautiful pieces of equipment.
An old Baptist church here had a panel somewhat like this for switching on and off the sanctuary lights. What's kinda unusual about this one is that the busses are partially hidden beneath the top insulating surface, instead of being completely out in the open. Love those wonderful old Clearsite fuses!
As AZSam mentioned, it was protected by a beautifully carved wood front, with a glass insert in the door.
Thanks for the pictures!
[This message has been edited by mamills (edited 05-02-2006).]