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Heavy Marbel Panel with crank handle & brass contacts

Vanman

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Last Subscription Date
07/10/2019
I'd be inclined to say that it is a manual motor starter for a direct current motor.... Resistance is used to limit armature current to a safe value during acceleration, and is cut out in steps as the motor accelerates.

That's very cool, by the way. :D

Keith
 

Jim Martin

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59
Last Subscription Date
07/19/2019
Thanks Vanman, I didnt give the measurments but its 18"s wide and 24"s tall and weighs over 50 pounds.
 

Elden DuRand

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78
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12/22/2017
Since it looks like there were meters mounted on the panel, I'll venture a guess that it's a generator field rheostat and the meters were a voltmeter and an ammeter.
 

ShaneZahn

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12/21/2015
My opinion is, its an early D.C. Elevator, control.

Marble & Brass equal Art Deco 1920
 

Frank DeWitt

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Last Subscription Date
12/17/2019
Since it looks like there were meters mounted on the panel, I'll venture a guess that it's a generator field rheostat and the meters were a voltmeter and an ammeter.
I agree with this. I have seen 1920 DC Motor starters in use, They had no meters. This looks like it had two meters, and perhaps two switches. (Upper right and upper left.) Also I think the fuse holders on the back point to a generator.

Frank
 
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