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 Post subject: Trying to date an antique electric paint mixer
PostPosted: Jun Tue 18, 2019 2:50 am 
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I found a vintage no-name electric hand held paint mixer, it's either for paint or food, but the beater has a coat of what appears to be white house paint on it. Brushless motor, wooden handle, no power switch. Anyway there is no nomenclature on this thing anywhere at all, but it came with a well rotted black cloth covered rubber coated power cord. The end had a broken shallow round black Bakelite plug, and separate rubber covered wires, inside the cloth covering. The cord is flat, not twisted. I wandering if anyone knows roughly when this type of power cord was used. Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Trying to date an antique electric hand mixer
PostPosted: Jun Tue 18, 2019 3:30 am 
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It's hard to come to a definite conclusion based on text alone, but from my experience with collecting vintage electrical cookware, I can place it into a accurate date range.

>Wooden handle
You usually only see wood used on appliances from the 1940's and before. Once postwar hit and plastics became cheap, companies had no real reason to use wood.

>No power switch
This is common on earlier electric appliances, to save a couple of cents.

>Hexagon bakelite plug with cloth covering
I have yet to see any appliance made past the early 50's with a cloth cord, and most examples of said cloth cords from this era are asbestos stuffed ones, on waffle irons and such. I'm guessing that the end of the cord attaches to two screws on the plug. These kinds of plug ends are also a common occurence on early electrical equipment, and once again they are virtually nonexistent post WW2.

Based on these alone, I'm confident it can most likely be dated to the 1940's or before. While postwar is possible, it's unlikely since it'd be likely to have branding and bakelite trim, as was common back then.


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 Post subject: Re: Trying to date an antique electric hand mixer
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 Post subject: Re: Trying to date an antique electric hand mixer
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but it came with a well rotted black cloth covered rubber coated power cord. The end had a broken shallow round black Bakelite plug, and separate rubber covered wires, inside the cloth covering. The cord is flat, not twisted.
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Type: PO 64, gauge 18 or PO32 gauge 18 or 16 outer jacket: cotton or rayon lay: parallel. braid on conductors: cotton. conductor insulation: code rubber.
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What is between the copper strands and the rubber conductor insulation ?

Is there a marker thread in one of the rubber coated conductors ?

Any micro photos of the wire and of the machine ?

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 Post subject: Re: Trying to date an antique electric hand mixer
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Possibly post a photo kind of stabbing in the dark without actually seeing what you're talkin about.


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 Post subject: Re: Trying to date an antique electric hand mixer
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That kind of power plug is called an "acorn" plug. There are new ones available online...with the polarized plug.
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 Post subject: Re: Trying to date an antique electric hand mixer
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Ted wrote:
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Totally.

If you hadn't said it, I would've. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Trying to date an antique electric hand mixer
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Avery wrote:
Ted wrote:
Just be yourself, don't try to get fresh right away.


Totally.

If you hadn't said it, I would've. 8)



Guess I have a habit of words not happening as intended. One of those days.


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 Post subject: Re: Trying to date an antique electric hand mixer
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Kevin Clark wrote:
Avery wrote:
Ted wrote:
Just be yourself, don't try to get fresh right away.


Totally.

If you hadn't said it, I would've. 8)


Guess I have a habit words not happening as intended. One of those days.


Hey, we're not calling you out. We all do what you did sometimes. It was just too good to resist, like dangling a cookie in front of a five-year-old. Two five-year-olds, actually. Right, Ted?

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 Post subject: Re: Trying to date an antique electric hand mixer
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Possibly post a photo kind of stabbing in the dark without actually seeing what you're talkin about.


I've got to straighten out my photobucket suituation, then I'll attempt to post a pic of it.


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 Post subject: Re: Trying to date an antique electric paint mixer
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 Post subject: Re: Trying to date an antique electric hand mixer
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Avery wrote:

Hey, we're not calling you out. We all do what you did sometimes. It was just too good to resist, like dangling a cookie in front of a five-year-old. Two five-year-olds, actually. Right, Ted?


Yes, I denounce myself. ...or something. Sorry! :)


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