What's this?

Options
GaryBC
GaryBC Posts: 408 Forumite
Name Dropper First Post First Anniversary Combo Breaker
I found a strange object when clearing out my parents' loft. It's a cluster of copper rods in a glazed ceramic holder, electrically connected to several yards of insulated copper wire. 
Does anyone know how I might be able to identify what it is? 
«1

Comments

  • steviebabes
    Options
    Could it be an aerial for an old valve radio?
  • GaryBC
    GaryBC Posts: 408 Forumite
    Name Dropper First Post First Anniversary Combo Breaker
    Options
    Hmmm... Possibly 
  • If you're stuck, there's a community for exactly this kind of question on reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/whatisthisthing/

    I don't know what it is, but I think that's a good place to try.
  • GaryBC
    GaryBC Posts: 408 Forumite
    Name Dropper First Post First Anniversary Combo Breaker
    Options
    Thanks. I'll give it to try! 
  • Belenus
    Belenus Posts: 2,554 Forumite
    First Anniversary Name Dropper First Post
    edited 15 September 2023 at 1:06PM
    Options
    It might be an old earth rod for connecting electrical installations to earth/ground. I have never seen one like that but it is possible. They are usually a lot longer.

    A man walked into a car showroom.
    He said to the salesman, “My wife would like to talk to you about the Volkswagen Golf in the showroom window.”
    Salesman said, “We haven't got a Volkswagen Golf in the showroom window.”
    The man replied, “You have now mate".
  • GaryBC
    GaryBC Posts: 408 Forumite
    Name Dropper First Post First Anniversary Combo Breaker
    Options
    Belenus said:
    It might be an old earth rod for connecting electrical installations to earth/ground. I have never seen one like that but it is possible.

    Yes, I had thoughts along those lines too. 
  • katsoocam
    Options
    If you don’t get an answer from the Reddit thread, I would try a repair cafe. Full of retired engineers and tinkerers - one of them will know!
  • GaryBC
    GaryBC Posts: 408 Forumite
    Name Dropper First Post First Anniversary Combo Breaker
    Options
    Thanks for that. It seems to have stumped Reddit so far! 
  • Eldi_Dos
    Eldi_Dos Posts: 1,658 Forumite
    First Anniversary First Post Name Dropper
    Options
    @GaryBC
    What line of work was your Dad in, could give a clue to its origin.

    The colour of the paint and the yellow tape would make me think along the lines of something from GPO, unless the yellow tape is a recent addition.


  • GaryBC
    GaryBC Posts: 408 Forumite
    Name Dropper First Post First Anniversary Combo Breaker
    Options
    Yeah, no, sorry about the tape, that's just a random selection simply keeping the wire coiled up neatly-ish. I added it! The green glazing on the ceramic may be relevant though. 
    Dad was a driving instructor I'm afraid so no leads there. 
Meet your Ambassadors

Categories

  • All Categories
  • 343.6K Banking & Borrowing
  • 250.2K Reduce Debt & Boost Income
  • 449.9K Spending & Discounts
  • 235.8K Work, Benefits & Business
  • 608.8K Mortgages, Homes & Bills
  • 173.3K Life & Family
  • 248.4K Travel & Transport
  • 1.5M Hobbies & Leisure
  • 15.9K Discuss & Feedback
  • 15.1K Coronavirus Support Boards