Doorbell with Transformer Associated with Edward Hebern

Doorbell with Transformer Associated with Edward Hebern

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Description
The American inventor Edward Hebern (1869-1952) designed a series of machines for encrypting messages. The Smithsonian collections include a few of these as part of accession 1991.0190. Like many inventors, Hebern accumulated a variety of spare parts. These are some of them, part of museum transaction 1991.3033.
The dimensions given for the doorbell and transformaer do not include cord or wires. The object is in two parts. The bell has black metal framework with cloth-covered cord leading to plug. It is marked: BELL 8 VOLTS. The transformer has steel framework with one red and one black wire coming out back. It is marked: BELL 8V.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
doorbell with transformer
maker
Edward Hebern
Measurements
overall: 6.3 cm x 13.2 cm x 7 cm; 2 15/32 in x 5 3/16 in x 2 3/4 in
ID Number
1991.3033.090
catalog number
1991.3033.090
nonaccession number
1991.3033
Credit Line
Gift of T. Scripps Downing
subject
Mathematics
Codes and Ciphers
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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