Meter [Sauter]

F Sauter SA, Manufacturer

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Maker and Role
F Sauter SA, Manufacturer
Metal rectangular meter coloured black. Front of meter is hinged with a circular glass window to view clock face. Front is held in place with a screw clasp. Interior contains metal clock face with red needle above. Metal tabs reading "ON" and "OFF" surrounding the clock face. When turned, these tabs hit a switch, either turning it off or on. Meter is clock driven by an electrically wound spring. At a set time the clock mechanism operates a switch fitted to a 24 hour solar dial. The clock winds itself every 8 hours by means of a small electric motor. These mechanisms were commonly used to switch street lighting on at dusk and off at dawn. This time switch was made in c.1925.
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Processed Material/Glass
Signature/Marks and Type
Makers . / F. Sauter S.A. Basle Switzerland / No. 39692 AC Volts 230 / Cat. No. 262 Amps 4 / Sole Agents / Nathan & Allen Ltd. 25 Victoria St. London S.W. Maker's Plate
Made in / Switzerland / 29903 / 11 Stones Engraved
"For one only change over in 24 hours the screw of the / arm ON (marked "ON" in red letters) should be removed and / screwed into the hole provided for this purpose in the clock / plate (on the right hand side at bottom). / Regulation. The clock movement is regulated by means / of a small index fixed in the plate at the top left hand side. / Turn the index to the right for "slow" to the left for "fast". / No. 6 E. 2000. 1. XII. 23" Label
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F Sauter SA. Meter [Sauter], 1982.615.11. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).

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