Ever Ready No U.2 battery

Made:
1930-1950 in United Kingdom
maker:
Ever Ready Company
EverReady battery photographed straight on view on a white background.

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EverReady battery photographed straight on view on a white background.
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Ever Ready battery. No 2.U. Made in Britain.

Part of the Bob Gray collection of electrical objects.

This zinc-carbon battery was probably made in the late 1930s for a hand torch or bicycle lamp. The U2 size (also known now as 'D' cell or British 'SP2') was created in the USA in 1898. The British Ever Ready company was a vigorous advertiser and went into radio manufacture in the mid 1930s in order to create a market for its goods. It went on to be a leading producer of consumer batteries in the UK over several decades.

Details

Category:
Electricity Supply
Object Number:
Y2012.15.19
Materials:
cardboard and metal (unknown)
Measurements:
60 mm, 30 mm, 10 g
type:
battery
credit:
Mr Robert Gray