Not that many old houses in Raleigh have full basements. Most were built on 'slabs.' Those with them often have some dusty cool stuff hidden in their dark recesses.
This is an intercom set up from the 1940s, give or take. The case is homemade out of wood with cool art deco buttons installed at the base of the unit.
This stuff goes WAY back. This 'Belt Stick' was applied to machinery belts to keep them from slipping or catching (I think). And it probably helped keep them from dry rotting. I would date this from the 1920s, give or take.