Object ID 000784
Object Name Eveready display case
Object Desc Metal display box for Eveready batteries and flashlight lamps. Box is painted metal with a glass top, hinged sign on top, and storage shelves in back. Top also has battery tester attachment.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY000711
General Category History
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 1,1991
Location Hardware Store
Start Year Range
End Year Range
Status On Exhibit
Object Keywords Eveready,battery,flashlight,lamps,lightbulb,display,
Title Eveready display case
Description Painted metal display case for Eveready flashlight batteries and lamps. Main color is seafoam green with blue and red lettering and graphics. Front panel has image of gloved hand with flashlight and hand with battery, and the words "Let us reload your flashlight." Top front has a clear glass cover. Hinged sign folds up and reads "Eveready Flashlight Batteries and Mazda Lamps" with images of battery and bulb. 10 cents is handwritten in black. Back of this sign is a printed lamp guide. Top back is metal with two battery testers. This piece is hinged and lifts to allow access to top shelf. Bottom of box would have had a drawer, which is missing. Sides of box say "Danger Lurks in Darkness, Is your flashlight in order?" with image of three batteries and a lit flashlight lamp.
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Unit of Measure Inches/ounces
Dimension Details Depth is measured at base of box where it is the deepest. Top measures 9 inches in depth. Hinged sign folds up on top of box and measures 9 inches wide and is 5 inches tall at its highest point.
Place of Origin
Maker American Ever Ready Co.
Maker Details On January 10, 1899, American Electrical Novelty and Manufacturing Company obtained U.S. Patent No. 617,592 (filed 12 March 1898) from David Misell, an inventor. This "electric device" designed by Misell was powered by "D" batteries laid front-to-back in a paper tube with the light bulb and a rough brass reflector at the end. Misell, the inventor of the tubular hand-held "electric device" (flashlight), assigned his invention over to the American Electrical Novelty and Manufacturing Company owned by Conrad Hubert. In 1905, Hubert changed the name again to The American Ever Ready Company, selling flashlights and batteries under the trademark Ever Ready. The company's current US production facilities for batteries and battery parts are located in Asheboro, North Carolina; Bennington, Vermont; Maryville, Missouri; St. Albans, Vermont; and Marietta, Ohio; with a technology center for research located in Westlake, Ohio. There are also numerous production facilities outside the US.
Date MAY 31,2013
Assessor Molly Hannan
Notes Metal is in good condition with minimal areas of corrosion or damage. Glass top is in good condition. Bottom drawer in display box is missing. Hinged sign in good working condition.