push-button momentary contact switch

push-button momentary contact switch

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Description (Brief)
A push-button type momentary contact switch from around 1890. Wood casing, metal contacts, ceramic button. Originally part of the William J. Hammer Collection. Hammer worked for Thomas Edison in the 1870s and 1880s and preserved many pieces from the Menlo Park laboratory. The origin of this switch is unknown but it could be from Menlo Park.
Currently not on view
Object Name
electrical switch
date made
ca 1890
overall: 1 1/8 in x 2 in; 2.8575 cm x 5.08 cm
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Credit Line
from International Business Machines, Inc., William J. Hammer Collection
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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