The Operations group at work is cleaning house, and they’re finding some odd things tucked away.
Amphenol connector (male on one side, female on the other), an RJ-11 jack with two wires pinned, and a five-position (plus off) rotary switch. I’m assuming this went inline between a 25-pair cable and a key system telephone, to attach an answering machine to a line of your choice.
Real nice metal box, rotary switch, and lovely clunky knob.
And then this pretty much speaks for itself:
The wire mesh looks like it was dipped through a solder bath to hold it together.
Let’s just say I hope I’m never in a mine and get a fractured arm.