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What is this wooden box with wires?

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SuperLoudPoppingAction Mon 28-Sep-20 19:05:07

It's in a cupboard on my first floor, very high up.

Random Google strings have resulted in my wondering if it's a back box for lighting from about the 40s.

But I couldn't find photos of that.

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Smallsteps88 Mon 28-Sep-20 19:06:20

Phone line?

Tolleshunt Mon 28-Sep-20 19:08:33

I’d have thought it’s an old phone line as well

Justaboy Mon 28-Sep-20 19:12:33

Looks like a couple of large 1.5 Volt batteries possible to do wiht a internal phone system..

Footle Mon 28-Sep-20 19:13:06

I can't see it that clearly but it reminds me of a kitchen I once knew that had a row of bells to alert ( long dead ) servants that they were wanted in one room or another. Don't get rid of it - it might come in handy if you find yourself with Staff.

Justaboy Mon 28-Sep-20 19:13:45

Or possibeyl a bell system for calling the maids ands staff?.

AmandaHugenkiss Mon 28-Sep-20 19:26:44

DP says he thinks it’s a battery and a bell, which isn’t helpful 😂 but potentially related to old telephone line.

SuperLoudPoppingAction Mon 28-Sep-20 19:28:33

Thanks, all! The house is from about 1870 so it could be something like that. I think they did have staff but not loads. It's not a super massive house.

So if I put things on the shelf next to it, they won't go on fire?

I never noticed the shelf before. I've been here 3 years!

I was hoping it might be a safe so I could have a long running thread about what might be in it.

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Justaboy Mon 28-Sep-20 23:44:56

You could post a few more pictures close up ones of the tops of the batteies and any makers names?.

SabrinaThwaite Tue 29-Sep-20 07:07:24

Repeater system for a door bell or telephone?

SuperLoudPoppingAction Tue 29-Sep-20 07:24:22

I'm wondering if it is some kind of telephone/intercom. We are dismantling a shed which has similar wires in it.

It's hard to get good photos as the shelf is right over a lightbulb so it's like staring into the sun, and it is stuck there with the wires. I couldn't see makers' names but will have another look.

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FixTheBone Tue 29-Sep-20 07:31:02

The box is a battery, the glass containers are for electrolyte with the graphite rod likely to be an anode in the centre.

Karwomannghia Tue 29-Sep-20 07:38:59

Growing up, my friend’s house had an old call system for servants. It was brilliant, you had a little push button in the bedrooms and a display in the kitchen to show which room was calling. I could do with one now to call the teenagers as opposed to bellowing or texting. It would have to work the other way though, I wouldn’t be up for running up to deliver more toast when summoned by the bell!
It didn’t look like that though OP! just to eliminate that from your ideas!

SuperLoudPoppingAction Tue 29-Sep-20 08:44:06

An electrician just looked at it and thinks it's an old bell.

But absolutely- the one's I've seen still in place have been like a system of pulleys and bells in one room, with little bells by the fireplaces of the other rooms.

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HattonsMustard Tue 29-Sep-20 08:47:41

There is a great reddit board where people find stuff and ask what the hell is this? It is full of weird and wonderful things.

Hathertonhariden Tue 29-Sep-20 08:48:29

I assume the wires in the house and wires in the shed are linked. Way of getting the attention of the person in the shed.

Karwomannghia Tue 29-Sep-20 08:52:59

SuperLoudPoppingAction

An electrician just looked at it and thinks it's an old bell.

But absolutely- the one's I've seen still in place have been like a system of pulleys and bells in one room, with little bells by the fireplaces of the other rooms.

My friend’s one was a wired one, not bells with pulleys, like little round doorbells.

Karwomannghia Tue 29-Sep-20 08:54:50

Like these

SuperLoudPoppingAction Tue 29-Sep-20 09:06:01

Yep - we had those by the fireplace in the house I grew up in.no remnants of them here but it has been decorated/renovated.

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SisyphusDad Tue 29-Sep-20 09:34:29

It's the Time Machine from Dark!

SuperLoudPoppingAction Tue 29-Sep-20 10:04:56

I want it to be that.

Second electrician thinks it's the front door bell, which makes sense. There is the remnant of a button for it on the front door.

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