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Object ID # 1970.096.336
Object Name Jar, Battery
Title DELCO Battery Box
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Date 20th-century
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Colourless glass Delco battery jar (battery box). It looks like a large clear glass cover (rectangular in shape) but actually would have been used with the open end up. The glass is very thick. It would have had a metal lid at one time.
Provenance Original provenance unknown. Many of the items in this accession came from the Estate Justus Dierlamn.

Some items may be Dierlamn family heirlooms, but Justus also collected various other items from other sources for a private museum in his farmhouse near Neustadt, Grey County. He later moved to Hanover, Grey County, before he passed away. The last owner was his brother, Harvey Dierlamn.
Collection Energy Production Tools & Equipment
Material Glass
Dimensions H-30.5 W-18 L-10 cm
Found Normanby Township (formerly), Municipality of West Grey, Grey County
Subjects Electricity
Function "Delco Plants" were a battery-operated means for farmers to produce their own electrical power source for lighting, etc. before Hydro lines reached their farms. Delco plants could provide night-time lighting, help run equipment, etc. Delco plants were popular in rural areas, especially in the 1920s+ as they could provide electricity for lighting at night, etc.