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What is this?

Just bought a home built in 1926. The upstairs bath has (what we believe to be)all original wall tile and a very unique little nook that we can't figure out. (see pics)
Is this suppose to be a nightlight?


Re: What is this?

my guess and I will probally be shot out of the water on this but. I would guess that the two lines coming in are water lines for a radiant heater

Re: What is this?

It's hard to see in the pic but those are
actually two electric threads (like for a bulb).

Re: What is this?

Looks like a recess for 2 electric resistance heating cones. They were cone shaped with resistance wire, similar to those in a toaster wrapped around them. My aunt had them in her bathroom. Very dangerous, burnt many a towel.:eek:

I'll bet if DW remembers those old HJ branding irons DW remembers those cone shaped fire starters too.

Re: What is this?

Thanks for your help everyone!
I think we'll have an electrician look at it just to make sure it's still not hot.

Re: What is this?

Huh. I've never seen anything like that before. You may want to post those images on the oldhouseweb forums -- the members there are pretty quick to answer questions like these. Good luck!

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