The Museum of Old Electrical Items

These pages were originally part of the main Electrical section, but due to size and quantity they have been relocated to their own separate category.

All of the items featured here are old, obsolete and in most cases not available from anywhere. There are examples of how things used to be done - and plenty more where they were completely wrong in the first place.

Contents

Cables & Wiring - Old cables, clips, containment and other cable related items
Clock Connectors - Plug and socket pairs used exclusively for wall mounted electric clocks
Converters & Adaptors - Adaptors and converters to change one type of plug into another
Cooker controls - Wall mounted switches for permanently wired electric cookers
Danger and Doom - Failed and dangerous electrical installations
Earth Leakage CBs - Obsolete earth leakage circuit breakers
Fixed Appliances - A selection of old fixed electrical appliances
Fuseboxes - Fuseboxes and other ancient electrical equipment
Fuses & Fusewire - Old fuses, fuse wire and fuse related items
Lamps and Bulbs - Old lamps, light bulbs and illuminated indicators
Lighting Accessories - Old wall mounted light switches, ceiling roses, lampholders and ceiling pull cord switches
Meters and Cutouts - A selection of old electricity meters and cutouts
Plugs - BS1363 - BS1363 13A flat pin plugs
Plugs - BS372 - Old BS372 two pin unpolarised plugs in various sizes and styles
Plugs - BS52 Bayonet - Adaptors and plugs used to connect various appliances into a ceiling light
Plugs - Non Standard - Non standard 13A plugs and sockets based on BS1363
Plugs - Other 13A - Alternative 13A fused plugs for use on 30A ring final circuits
Plugs - Other Types - Unusual plugs for multiple types of outlet
Sockets - BS1363 - Old BS1363 socket outlets from various manufacturers
Switches & FCUs - Old switches for water heaters and other fixed appliances, both with fuses and without
Timeswitches - Time switches and time clocks for fixed and portable appliances
Tools & Equipment - Old electrical related tools, testing equipment and various other artefacts
Wylex Fuseboxes - Vintage Wylex fuse boxes, switches, circuit breakers, fuses and other related items

Updates

Most recent update - 9th October 2016

NEW Dangerous incorrectly wired 13A plug - An example of a UK BS1363 mains plug wired totally incorrectly, with wires badly fitted in the wrong terminals and flex grip not properly secured.

Previous update - 29th May 2016

RS branded rubber Duraplug with white lid - All rubber Duraplug with black base and white lid branded RS, fitted with 3A fuse and with 3 core flex attached.
Brown bakelite MK plug - 1960s design brown bakelite MK plug with solid brass pins, brass screw clam terminals and a modern 3A fuse fitted.
MK plug with sprung sleeved pins - Unusual example of an early attempt at sleeved pins by MK..
MEM white plug with 1A fuse - A white 13A plug fitted with 1A fuse, by Midland Electrical Manufacturing (MEM), with pre-1969 colour codes.
Brown bakelite switched MK plug - A brown bakelite plug by MK with a switch built in, intended for use with unswitched socket outlets.
White Volex branded plug - White plastic plug with Volex logo on the lid and WG logo inside, Insludes original Volex fuse.
White rubber Marbo plug - White plastic Marbo plug with white rubber lid and original 5A Marbo fuse..

Older update - 28th May 2016

Black rubber Duraplug with orange flex - Black rubber Duraplug with Ever Ready 13A fuse, wired to 3 core orange flex.
Ivory Ediswan EMELEC plug - BS1363 fused 13A plug in ivory bakelite by Ediswan, lid branded EMELEC (East Midlands Electricity).
Early MK plug in ivory bakelite - Early example of an MK ivory 13A plug, with individual nuts and washers for each terminal.
Ivory bakelite switched MK plug - An ivory bakelite plug by MK with a switch built in, intended for use with unswitched socket outlets.
Red MK Toughplug with white BBC logo - An MK Toughplug with red lid and white BBC logo, connected to a 2 core black flex.
White Electra fused plug - White plastic plug branded Electra but made by Ward and Goldstone..

This section contains 233 pages of information.

Pages are added as and when we obtain items of interest, which is mainly when removing older equipment during refurbishment or renovation.
Donations are welcomed, please see this page

About this museum

This is a virtual museum only. You can't visit or see them in person.

Wanting to buy something?

Everything here is old and obsolete. Items are not for sale, and even if they were it is usually impossible to install such things and comply with today's wiring regulations. In some cases, using old items like these would actually be dangerous.

If your home contains any of the items featured here, your electrical installation will require updating at the very least. If you have things such as rubber insulated wiring, circuits with no earth connection or double pole fuses, your electrical installation should have been completely replaced decades ago, and is very likely to be a serious hazard.

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