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Old 27th Jan 2020, 5:20 pm   #1
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Default What are these sockets?

Hi,
Does anyone have any idea as to what these rather tatty-looking sockets are?

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Old 27th Jan 2020, 6:01 pm   #2
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Looks to me as though they might be dual purpose, designed to accept either an American plug with two flat pins or a plug with two round pins.
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Old 27th Jan 2020, 6:09 pm   #3
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Something looking very much like that was sold in the mid-1980s as a 'no-break' connector for 10Base2 Thinwire Ethernet.
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Old 27th Jan 2020, 6:21 pm   #4
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They look a lot like french telephone plugs. I assume they are not however in France?
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Old 27th Jan 2020, 6:37 pm   #5
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Where are these plugs located - i.e. country?

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Old 27th Jan 2020, 6:51 pm   #6
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I'm afraid I don't know, it is a crop from a larger photo. However, I suspect it may be from Eastern Europe, Russia or a former Soviet State

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Old 27th Jan 2020, 8:03 pm   #7
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They look a lot like french telephone plugs. I assume they are not however in France?
I'd say they are too short for French telephone....
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Old 27th Jan 2020, 8:13 pm   #8
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Looks like French telephone sockets to me.

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Old 27th Jan 2020, 8:24 pm   #9
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I was thinking Electrak but not so sure now.
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Old 27th Jan 2020, 8:34 pm   #10
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I thought they could be 'no-break' Ethernet sockets, but in retrospect I was wrong.

[see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EAD_socket for what I mistook them for]
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Old 27th Jan 2020, 8:38 pm   #11
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I like the dual plug idea from broadgage.
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Old 27th Jan 2020, 10:19 pm   #12
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If you think of each pair of slots as a socket then a US flat pin plug would fit in the long rectangular slots and a European round pin plug would fit in the rounded ends of the slots.
Why you would want to that beats me.

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Oops broadgage has already had that idea.

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Old 27th Jan 2020, 10:42 pm   #13
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The style of the faceplates seems American to me, don't think it would be telephone related though as having three telephone outlets together seems a bit strange.
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Old 28th Jan 2020, 1:12 am   #14
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The common (West) German telephone socket (TAE connector) was often installed in a set of 3
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Old 28th Jan 2020, 5:39 am   #15
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Those are neither a U.S. power outlet (Flat blades parallel on most, but no angled ones that look like that; nor are they a U.S. telephone jack. Most of the old jacks were 4 pin, as our phones used 4 wires, and 2 pins of the 4 had closer spacing.
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Old 28th Jan 2020, 2:50 pm   #16
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I could understand if they were in a hotel room to fit both US & European 2 pin plugs.
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Old 28th Jan 2020, 8:33 pm   #17
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I could understand if they were in a hotel room to fit both US & European 2 pin plugs.
I agree that the location might be a hotel room, but that beggars the question of the differing voltages between the US and Europe, doesn't it?

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Old 28th Jan 2020, 9:17 pm   #18
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Hello gentlemen,

these sockets are definitely not (West) German TAE sockets. Such were rectangular shaped, not keyhole shape.

I am puzzled because the slots are in a strange angle within the frames.

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Old 28th Jan 2020, 11:42 pm   #19
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I am puzzled because the slots are in a strange angle within the frames.
If, as seems likely, these are designed for either US flat-pin plugs or European round-pin ones, then presumably one or the other would have to be at an angle to enable the correct spacing between each.
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Old 29th Jan 2020, 12:15 am   #20
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Could they be a non standard socket in another country, like the Walsall Gauge plugs and sockets are in this country?

Have a look at the www.plugsocketmuseum.nl website.
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