Branch Block

In electric wiring of buildings, a block of porcelain or other material with grooves, holes and screws for the connection of branch wires to a main wire. Its functions are not only to afford a basis for connecting the wires, but also to contain safety fuses. As when a branch wire is taken off, fuses have to be put in its line, the branch block carries these also. One end of each fuse connects with a main wire, the other end connects with one of the wires of the branch leader or wire.

Porcelain is a favorite material for them, as the fusing or "blowing out" of the safety fuses cannot set it on fire.