Edison Type S Primary Battery, 1916-1929

Summary

A chemical reaction hidden within this battery's white porcelain jar creates electricity. Thomas Edison developed this battery from an earlier design by Felix Lalande and Georges Chaperon. Batteries like this Type S powered fans, phonographs, telephones, and a variety of other devices for years in places where the electric grid did not reach, or electric generators were impractical.

A chemical reaction hidden within this battery's white porcelain jar creates electricity. Thomas Edison developed this battery from an earlier design by Felix Lalande and Georges Chaperon. Batteries like this Type S powered fans, phonographs, telephones, and a variety of other devices for years in places where the electric grid did not reach, or electric generators were impractical.

Artifact

Battery (Electrical)

Date Made

1916-1929

Creators

Thomas A. Edison, Inc. 

Place of Creation

Germany 

United States, New Jersey, West Orange 

Creator Notes

Porcelain jar made in Germany, battery manufactured by Thomas A. Edison, Inc., West Orange, New Jersey.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2017.0.34.69

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Porcelain (Material)
Metal
Wood (Plant material)
Paint (Coating)

Color

White (Color)
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 8 in

Diameter: 5 in

Inscriptions

stamped in blue ink on side: [maker's mark] / GERMANY

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