Electrical adapter travel kit, around 1930

Made:
1920-1930 in Bury
maker:
MK Electric

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Electrical adaptor kit in mahogany box with watercolour instructions, made in Bury by William Hawkrigg Lord in about 1930 and nicknamed the 'go anywhere box'.

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Imagine needing an electrical adapter for every place you visit in the UK. In 1930s Britain electricity suppliers generated power at different voltages in different towns. William Hawkrigg Lord was a regular traveller and came up with an ingenious personal solution. He designed a travel case containing every plug used in Britain at the time.

Details

Category:
Electricity Supply
Object Number:
Y2009.35
Materials:
bakelite, brass (copper, zinc alloy), mahogany (wood), metal (unknown) and wood (unidentified)
Measurements:
Box: 175 mm x 480 mm x 277 mm, 4 kg
type:
adapters
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
Gift of Mrs Bernice Norfolk