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PostPosted: Oct Wed 03, 2018 4:19 pm 
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My daughter picked this up years ago. Two small meters one 5 volts the other 50 milliampere scale..Sockets on both top and bottom although not aligned with a push button switch on top. Not much inside except for a couple of wirewound resistors. It did come in a Thor-Canadian Washing machine company box so maybe some type on appliance tester ??..I really don't know...Educated guesses or wild conspiracy ancient alien theories greatly appreciated 8)

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PostPosted: Oct Wed 03, 2018 4:24 pm 
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All I can offer is the obvious. Specialized tester for specific equipment of some type, and apparently of no other value at all, as-is. Otherwise it is a box and a couple meters you can use for something else and male female connectors you could use for other purposes if they mate together as it seems. Parts.


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small requirements considering a USB port is 5v 500ma. It would be for something less than 5v so as not to peg the needle. cool to look at though.

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small requirements considering a USB port is 5v 500ma. It would be for something less than 5v so as not to peg the needle. cool to look at though.


Well she thought it was cool and with the red hammertone finish it kinda makes it so whatever it is..I am going to pass it along to my son who has a new interest in old analog meters (his words) after just graduating with his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. Just thought I'd ask what it might be before I'd pass along the thing a ma jig thing a ma bob.

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It has a "home brew" look to it in my opinion. The meters are readrite, a venerable ancient equipment maker. But they would have put their logo and name on the box if that was made by them. So would have most others as well, even if it was an accessory that came with, say, a set tester.

It could in fact be some accessory for a set tester that would have plugged directly into it, but of course that's just a wild guess.

Looks like a desk ornament to me, unless you need meters in those values for something else :)

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It has a "home brew" look to it in my opinion. The meters are readrite, a venerable ancient equipment maker. But they would have put their logo and name on the box if that was made by them. So would have most others as well, even if it was an accessory that came with, say, a set tester.

It could in fact be some accessory for a set tester that would have plugged directly into it, but of course that's just a wild guess.

Looks like a desk ornament to me, unless you need meters in those values for something else :)


Probably will never know for sure but since my son has this renewed interest in analog "old' meters it will definitely be a desk ornament and not a parts thing. It was extremely well done if it was home made and what's curious is that it could plug into a socket on the bottom or accept the similar shape plug on the top. The interesting part of this is that it came in 6 X4 X 2 inch box that it snugly fit into that it came with. I didn't realize it to just now that the box had a faint post mark on it July 8 1942 Toronto. The logo on the box was from the THOR-CANADIAN CO. Washing Machines (contents merchandise) to D.B. Mc Donald. So was it shipped in the box or just conveniently the right size to store it in..I guess we'll never know for sure

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Both meters are labeled "Readrite", Bluffton. Mom used to work in their shipping dept (her supervisor was Blanche Triplett, wife of Cleon, brother of Ray) in the early '30's...before Norman had designed the Triplett logo. I could give them a home if you don't want them. I agree that it looks homebrew.

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Interesting, if it's homemade I wonder if the plugs fits some A - B battery perfectly

this is one of my farm radio power cords for an A/B battery


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Interesting, if it's homemade I wonder if the plugs fits some A - B battery perfectly

this is one of my farm radio power cords for an A/B battery


Wow that's really interesting. Internally the sockets are interconnected with the meters.

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It could easily be a test device that you would simply plug in, in series with the batteries, to measure voltage and current draw. At this point, all one can do is guess :-D. It could also be a device for measuring the temporal flux in Orson Wells' time machine 8)

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Barry H Bennett wrote:
It could also be a device for measuring the temporal flux in Orson Wells' time machine 8)

Well if I hook this thing up and press that white push button on top and you don't hear from me for a few years you know I probably went to far 8)


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Barry H Bennett wrote:
It could easily be a test device that you would simply plug in, in series with the batteries, to measure voltage and current draw. At this point, all one can do is guess :-D. It could also be a device for measuring the temporal flux in Orson Wells' time machine 8)

If it was made for Orson's time machine the homebrew look would fit.
The original (and only example known) was the creation of H. G. Wells. Were they brothers?

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I've always gotten the two Wells mixed up. It's a lifetime affliction

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Monitoring the DC filament supply?

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Trace the circuit. Then we would have a much better idea.

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COM-NAV-ECM wrote:
Barry H Bennett wrote:
It could easily be a test device that you would simply plug in, in series with the batteries, to measure voltage and current draw. At this point, all one can do is guess :-D. It could also be a device for measuring the temporal flux in Orson Wells' time machine 8)

If it was made for Orson's time machine the homebrew look would fit.
The original (and only example known) was the creation of H. G. Wells. Were they brothers?


Orson's last name is "Welles". They aren't related as far as I know.

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PostPosted: Oct Fri 12, 2018 10:12 am 
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Thor washing machines were innovative.

In the 1940s, Thor introduced the Automagic hybrid washer/dishwasher.

disappeared from the marketplace soon after its introduction, as many consumers soured on the idea of washing dirty clothing and dishes in the same machine.[5]

Sounds great to me. :D

Maybe the tester was for some gadget they had.

I do know wringer washers were known for grabbing hands feeding clothes through.
There was a safety release you could hit with your other hand.

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It definitely looks like it was meant to test the "A" battery circuit of portable radios or other equipment using 1.4-volt tubes. Since the filaments in such tubes are nearly invisible, you can't just look to see if they are lit. Measuring the current is a good way to tell if they're working normally. The metalwork looks extremely good and could pass for professional except for the paint on the screw heads.

I would guess this is from the late 1940s or perhaps 1950s. Triplett kept the Readrite name around a long time for smaller inexpensive meters such as these.

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Maybe it was someone attempting to recreate one of these:

https://www.radiomuseum.org/r/readrite_216.html

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Barry H Bennett wrote:
I've always gotten the two Wells mixed up. It's a lifetime affliction

Wells is a deep subjects

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