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Object ID # 1991.021.001
Object Name Tester, Magneto and Coil
Title King Spark Coil Condenser Tester
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Date 1930s?
Artist King?
Made King
Place of Origin Unknown
Description KING spark coil condenser tester. This spark coil condenser tester has a rectangular, metal exterior. The front of the tester is printed white with black text. There are three bakelite dials on the front of the machine, which apparently control the "Spark Gap," the "Voltage," and the "Selector." There are also three plastic-coated wires extending from the front of the machine. One black cord, marked "GRD," simply runs in and out of the machine's front in the top left corner, without a plug or any real length. Another black cord running out of the front of the machine ends in two alligator clips covered in plastic sheaths, one red, and one black. A similar cord also comes out the back. A red cord that extends from the front of the tester ends in a single alligator clip in a red sheath. There is a curved metal handle on the top of the machine, and what appears to be a splat of green paint on the side. There is a small black and silver metal label on the back that is engraved with manufacturer's information as well as "Model G 212" and the serial number "639."
Provenance Made by King. Unknown provenance. Last belonged Gilbert Rice who suggested that this item may be from the 1930s, but it could be younger than that.

Rice grew up in Massie, in Holland Township, Grey County. His father was George Rice. Gilbert became a mechanic and a member of the Bluewater branch of the Antique & Classic Car Club of Canada.
Collection Transportation, Automobiles & Equipment Collection
Material Metal/Bakelite/Plastic/Paint
Dimensions H-20.5 W-28 L-11.5 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County