SOLD: This Emergency Electronic Repair Kit — CZY 10223 — was original US Navy issue for use on ship during World War II. Today, over 70 years later, it has been repurposed as a charging station for modern electronics. It’s big enough to accommodate several items, including a laptop, all in one place. It’s cool enough to be a statement piece for your home or office. And if you appreciate history, are a World War II buff, enjoy electronics and Navy memorabilia, or just need an awesome one-of-a-kind charging station, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
The exterior of this steel box measures approx. 17.25″ long by 6.75″ deep by 8″high. It has a very sturdy handle securely fastened to the lid and a center closing plate that moves freely and holds the box closed with a swing hook. The two smaller latches are missing pieces and do not perform as intended. The center closure, however, holds the lid closed very well.
The interior of the box has also been thoroughly cleaned and I have used new felt to upholster the bottom and sides so that your electronics will not touch metal. I have installed a new power strip in one of the four separate compartments and have run the 6-foot cord through the side of the box. I have re-attached the original “Contents Card” to the inside of the lid.
As you can see from my photos, the Contents Card also shows the Navy Contract number and the manufacturer identification, the Allied Radio Corporation of Chicago. Allied was founded in 1928 by Simon “Sy” Wexler who was father to Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler, and grandfather to Jeffrey Simon Wexler, Oscar-nominated sound engineer. Like many factories during the early 40s, the company focused on the war efforts, handling government contracts and high-priority industrial needs.
*This Repair Kit has seen heavy use and we can only imagine the circumstances (while on ship as well as during the years that followed) that may have created what I believe to be a wonderful exterior finish. Rust, paint, spots of discoloration and a few well placed streaks all contribute to the story. I have carefully cleaned and removed all of the surface dust and dirt, but have not interfered with the use and wear marks. I can assure you that what you see is permanent — and although you can feel a texture, nothing will come off on your hands or furniture. The original red lettering on the front is clear and can be seen in the photos. There are no dents in this heavy, steel box.
When I came across this little piece of history, the only contents that made it through the years were the Contents Card which was attached to the lid and what turned out to be the original milliammeter and the original soldering iron (neither the milliammeter nor the soldering iron is included in this sale). For anyone who would like to see photos of the electronics area of a WWII ship and a CZY 10223, you can check out www.virhistory.com/navy/test-ww2.htm. Photos of the repair kit are at the very bottom of the page.