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ID this electrical device
#654784 05/30/16 8:57 am
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this was found on the desk at the BRI. I don't remember the markings except it had a very high ac voltage rating.

Any ideas other than "some kind or insulator"?

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Re: ID this electrical device
Richrd #654789 05/30/16 10:00 am
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Hmmmm.
Looks like it COULD be the logorhythmic casing of the modial interactive magneto reluctance capacitor from a Turbo Encabulator.

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But I could be mistaken...... laugh

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Re: ID this electrical device
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A flux capacitor from a BSA Bantam with warp drive ?


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Re: ID this electrical device
Richrd #654797 05/30/16 11:36 am
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I remember that the glass had UL (underwriter labs) information on it.

With that large post and bolt coming off the spring, some of us thought it might be a battery holder of some kind.

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Re: ID this electrical device
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Looks like a fuse to me.


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Re: ID this electrical device
Richrd #654810 05/30/16 12:26 pm
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A capacitor in a high voltage (kV-ranges) switchgear from yesteryear?

Or an early vacumed type HV circuit breaker?

Just two guesses I must admit...

Looking again I drop the capacitor and get more convinced it's the remains of an early vacume type HV breaker.

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Re: ID this electrical device
Richrd #654862 05/30/16 7:13 pm
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I would say a fuse or line protector.
I know some of the old equipment manuals that we had at work (hydroelectric since the teens) had information on fusing. Pretty much the fuses ratings were "For XXX amps at 6900 volts wrap a single strand of (standard small Gauge)copper wire so many times around the insulated fuse body being sure to not overlap the windings".
The item you have was probably a correctly sized spring wire soldered to a solid thin copper foil bottom that clamped into a holder of some kind. It was probably a vacuum inside and sealed. The vacuum helped quench the arc. Being clear glass you could see when it was blown.
Most breaker contacts are much more robust than the thin wire spring inside this.
Just my guess.

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Re: ID this electrical device
ricochetrider #654896 05/30/16 9:50 pm
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Originally Posted by ricochetrider
Hmmmm.
Looks like it COULD be the logorhythmic casing of the modial interactive magneto reluctance capacitor from a Turbo Encabulator.
laugh

Could be. I used to have an 'Actenic Reactuator' hooked in to my sound board. Nothing but a shift register and some LEDs, but it made everything sound "mo betta." Worked almost as well as my Equalmetric Paralizer laughing
Either that, or it's a Russian version of a 308 power tube. laughing


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Re: ID this electrical device
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That's an extremely rare pre war container for super concentrated Lucas smoke! You only needed 5 cc's of that stuff to make 2 Liters of standard smoke, enough to recharge most motorcycle electrical systems of the time. I haven't seen one of those for years!


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