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Resistance Box (J.S. Plaskett)

University College

Brown insulator board composed of 20 brass plates; each row numbered 1-10 in descending order; each plate is associated with a corresponding hold for brass pegs and a coil of resistant wire below the board, which are either bare metal or bright green; two removable brass pegs with brown insulator head; two brass knobs located at the top corners of the insulator board;. resistance coils encased in a plexiglass case.

Accession Number: 2009.uc.6

Alternative Name:

Primary Materials: Metal, Wood, Plexiglass


The topmost brass plate stamped “108 J.S. Plaskett”; one green coil has “DK” written on its bottom; the plexiglass case used to be labeled with a sticker that said “20” on the side.

Dimensions (cm): Height = 12, Width = 12.5, Length = 15


Used for producing desired electrical resistances in electrical experiments.


Associated Instruments:



J.S. Plaskett, Mechanician, Department of Physics

Date of Manufacture: 1890-1903


Additional Information and References:

Historical Notes: J. S. Plaskett