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Victorian Electronics (Mystery) Busted

This apparent rare Victorian film has recently come into my hands.......

.... it appears to be some kind of electronic devise......

.... in the background is an "Organ Grinder" playing his Hand Organ.......

..... Any guesses what it is and what its for...........?


.........OK ok Ive be busted............ CTC has Twigged my "Victorian Film" as fake

However Congratulations to ezekiel181 for sussing the device.......


Yes this is no Victorian Film ..........

The devise in the film is a an "Auto-Reset Circuit Breaker".......

Basic way it works ........... Its placed in series with the load ...... the bi-metal strip in side just sits there passing current .... when the current rises above 10Amps (in my case) the bi-metal strip "glows" a little warmer and "Flips" breaking the circuit ....

Here is where i got mine Maplin

I am using it a a current protection for "Deprons" motor .... however the funny part is this.........

When it overloads the devise trips........until it cools down again and resets automatically........ie on/off......on/off....on/off until you rush over and kill the battery ... Yes it does stop overload...... arhhhhhhh but not quite the way i thought.

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... it is a thermostat, even if it is not used to maintain a temperature.

That's cheating. I also would have expected a far more sophisticated high tech modern circuit inside that tiny huge blue package.

Calibrating such a device must be quite difficult. I hope your soldering did not mess with it. Did you test it since?

I like the nice combination of the retro tech and the retro music. What's it called when serendipity and juxtaposition coincide?

It is a fire-sensor. Something in there has a low melting point. --Gets too hot, melts and drips out, breaks circuit.

No fire....

No Drips......

No low melting point.....

No Melts........

But wait a moment ......it does break the circuit ........ you are almost there......

I dunno 'bout you guys but this one is screaming "applied effect via iMovie" to me. Pretty modern soldering iron there...

Or is this an old part but filmed with modern cameras and then edited for "olde" effect? Something don't seem right here, boys.

Ok-Ok Chris you have rumbled me.............

..... It was a good try to disguise my latest  "Mystery Object"....

I had a few fellow LMRs foxed for a bit and i hope some head scratching was had too......

Yes indeedy the film was made in present time ..... As a "Hand-Organ" player happened to be playing whislt i was installing the part, it gave me the idea to get him into the film as well ........ then the Victorian idea (Scam) kicked in............

I use EditStudio6 .... as the oldie effects are pretty convincing .....dont you think.....

Some kind of gas safety cut off maybe?

My old house was full of Victorian electrics. 2 core wire with lead round the outer as an earth was my favorite.

will you use this to like switch a motor off when it over heats or something ?

Patrick you are correct re switching off motor in fault condition, however it has nothing to do with over heating ie the device does not have to touch the motor ............

Overload current heats the strip making it break contact. Doesn`t have to be anywhere near the thing it`s protecting to protect it.