Thanks for sharing these with us Chris. Some interesting stuff there!
a CrouseHinds porcelain outlet. Not sure of the application of it
Ah.... A double T-slot receptacle again. Have a look back through the Nostalgia area; we've had several discussion about the use and development of these.
Also an unusual old brass toggle wall switch with plate
Similar switches were once common in some British applications -- Different mounting arrangement to suit our different boxes and plates, but the same style of toggle. They were fairly common for multi-way switch banks on 1940s/50s installations in schools, commercial buildings, etc.
The triplex Despard outlet is just like ones in my mom's house. It's usually a single molded piece instead of 3 devices on a metal frame. The ones in my mom's house are in excellent shape and grip plugs well. Only downside is that it doesn't accept 3 prong plugs with grounds.
It turns out that the Despard cover plate mounting screw hole locations match up exactly with Decora plates. You could carefully cut a Decora sized rectangular hole in a Despard cover plate to make it fit say a GFI outlet. If someone wants all the cover plates to match existing ones in the room...
Can you post a picture of the back of the Lumi-Nite Plate? I want to see how it connects to the power. Thanks
I will submit it in my next batch of pics. I was looking at how it was powered, and there are no diagrams or instructions on it. The back has 2 black leads with spades. I assume they connect to the screws on the switch itself. The leads weren't hooked up when I removed the plate.