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I have no idea, but I will take a guess:laughing:

Maybe back in the day was there an old gas wall sconce fixture on the wall and that is the old valve to turn it on?

I have come across gas piping for wall sconces on tons of real old remodels, but never something like that.


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Looks like an old timer switch.
 
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Going by the 1/4" of paint, it's probably been there long enough for the room to have been repurposed a dozen times. :laughing:

Placed so close to the floor, it seems as though it would be a set-and-forget type of thing.
 

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It might have something to do with electrical or low voltage or gas or hot water/steam.


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Someone please crank the dang thing!
 

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That's a door bell, the wire,(which is cut), would have run to the front door button. when pressed a magnetic coil inside would oscillate and a small hammer would strike a sounding bell which is located inside.

The "switch" could be rotated in order to control the volume of the ringing, or turn it off entirely.
 

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That's a door bell, the wire,(which is cut), would have run to the front door button. when pressed a magnetic coil inside would oscillate and a small hammer would strike a sounding bell which is located inside.

The "switch" could be rotated in order to control the volume of the ringing, or turn it off entirely.
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tgeb said:
That's a door bell, the wire,(which is cut), would have run to the front door button. when pressed a magnetic coil inside would oscillate and a small hammer would strike a sounding bell which is located inside. The "switch" could be rotated in order to control the volume of the ringing, or turn it off entirely.
Any idea of the time period it dates to?
 
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