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Old 08-10-2015, 10:21 AM   #1
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ESA inspector didn't even know what kind of receptacle this was. The house was built in 1913.
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Does that provide both 120 and 240v depending upon what receptacle type you plugged in?
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Combo 120 and 240 duplex receptacle. Most likely limited to 10a on the 240v side, and 15a on the 125v. Has been obsolete for decades now, being rendered thus with the adoption of the NEMA ratings we now know back in the 60s.

Remove it, and add it to your collection of vintage schtuff.
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Combo 120 and 240 duplex receptacle. Most likely limited to 10a on the 240v side, and 15a on the 125v. Has been obsolete for decades now, being rendered thus with the adoption of the NEMA ratings we now know back in the 60s.

Remove it, and add it to your collection of vintage schtuff.
Those devices were installed when the manufacturers couldn't decide if the plugs were going to have parallel or tandem blades. The "T" slot receptacle replaced it. The receptacle shown is probably in a home that was wired, when it was built. Strong possibility that it also has K&T wiring.
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K&T in home yes. You thinks it's 100 years old then since it might be original?
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K&T in home yes. You thinks it's 100 years old then since it might be original?
Probably installed between 1930 and 1950.
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I can't say if it was installed as new work... its location is classic for retro-fit cut-in receptacles.

Note the extremely wide/ tall board. That's expensive trim lumber... pricey at the lumber yard... even more expensive when installed. ( Requires a finished work carpenter. ) The home was built when top grade lumber was cheap... along with the labor to install it.

The 'down-low' horizontal style permitted retro-fit circuits to be tucked in behind the beauty lumber -- and the plaster and lathe to go undisturbed. (Well, the visible part, at least)

With balloon construction, and a total lack of fire blocks, it was common to fish straight down to some basement/ crawl space, too. You don't see too many balloon construction era homes left standing, either. ( Once lit, they went up like a torch. )

The Great Chicago Fire and the San Francisco Earthquake (& Fire) owed their speed and completeness to balloon construction. One really needed to sprint to the exits!

[ Here and there you may run into radio receptacles retro-fit in the exact same manner. They'll have a totally goofy pin/ blade pattern. Normally they'd be restricted to the main living room -- where the monster radio set would be located. Those antique sets were often huge, treated as movable furniture, not a desk top appliance. Such a run would be linked to a (now missing) exterior antenna of serious size. Such homes are now quite rare.]
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I've got to say I've seen a lot of receptacles but never that one before.
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ESA inspector didn't even know what kind of receptacle this was. The house was built in 1913.
That is a receptacle for a Czechoslovakian leg shaver...
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They should bring them back ground up or down.
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That is a receptacle for a Czechoslovakian leg shaver...
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They should bring them back ground up or down.
Or ground to the side
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