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Lost and Found #153388 01/06/07 07:22 AM
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From Lostazhell

I found this old outlet on ebay and bought it... Seller knows nothing about it, except it was in a barn he had demolished (in Minnesota) The mfr is P-P INC, no listing marks to be found on it... and the neutral terms appear to be soldered silver.

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Re: Lost and Found #153389 01/06/07 08:04 AM
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Ron Offline
Do you mind me asking what it cost?

Re: Lost and Found #153390 01/06/07 10:02 AM
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Roger Offline
Now that's just plain neat. Nice find Randy.


Re: Lost and Found #153391 01/06/07 08:39 PM
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Hemingray Offline
I seen that same item searching ebay randomly one day!

Re: Lost and Found #153392 01/06/07 10:31 PM
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Lostazhell Offline
Ron $10 plus shipping... I'd never seen anything like it.. A porcelain surface mount outlet with a porcelain box! I'd love to find out more about who this P-P Inc is, and possibly a circa date this might be from...

Re: Lost and Found #153393 01/06/07 11:05 PM
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NORCAL Offline
Porcelain Products, I believe....

Re: Lost and Found #153394 01/07/07 11:04 PM
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Hemingray Offline
I also have an interesting switchplate manufactured by PPINC. Currently it is attached to an X10 wall switch module next to my closet door. The plate is white glazed porcelain, with the switch slot recessed in the center.

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Re: Lost and Found #153395 01/08/07 10:17 AM
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cschow Offline
This stuff dates from the 30's and early 40's.

The porcelain outlet and box were common in barn and outbuildings due to the nature of a barn's corrosive conditions. They were either connected with K&T, early NM cable, or lead-sheathed MN cable.

I've seen these in an old barn, and it was wired with early black NM cable. I didn't have the liberty to salvage any of it.

I have a switchplate exactly like that one in my stash. It came out of a 1930's basement.


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