Westinghouse Wurts Circuit Breaker, circa 1896

Summary

In the late 1800s, as companies began producing electricity to light cities, run streetcars, and power factories, homes and offices, new apparatus was needed to safely deliver and use electricity. Excess current in a circuit could damage electric lines and equipment. Circuit breakers protected electrical circuits by automatically interrupting the power flow during an event overload.

In the late 1800s, as companies began producing electricity to light cities, run streetcars, and power factories, homes and offices, new apparatus was needed to safely deliver and use electricity. Excess current in a circuit could damage electric lines and equipment. Circuit breakers protected electrical circuits by automatically interrupting the power flow during an event overload.

Artifact

Circuit breaker

Date Made

circa 1896

Creators

Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh 

Creator Notes

Manufactured by Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company using Alexander J. Wurts' patent.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

29.1333.292

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Westinghouse Electric Company.

Material

Metal
Copper (Metal)

Color

Gray (Color)
Brown

Dimensions

Height: 9.5 in

Width: 11.125 in

Length: 17 in

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