Antique Electric Shock Therapy Machine
Fantastic example of an electric shock machine dating from the late 19th Century contained in its original wooden box. There is a wooden winding handle which attaches to the front of the box and turns the coil inside which, next to a large magnet, induces the current. The machine still has the original paper label inside the lid of the box
What makes this particular machine special is that there are two sets of terminals on the box instead of just one and a brass pointer switch which allows the current to be alternated between one set or the other. In this way, two sets of probes to two different people can be connected and the current can be switched between the two. It is a design that I've never seen before.
Approximate Measurements :
Length of Box : 8 1/2" (21cm)
Height : 4 1/2" (11cm)
Depth : 4 1/2" (11cm)
I have not attempted to test the machine as far as whether it generates a shock (!) and it is being sold as seen. However I can confirm that it is complete and all the parts appear to move as they should.
It is in good condition for its age and displays beautifully. It has been cleaned and lightly polished and the box has been given a light wax to retain its aged patina. The probes are original and the wire is in good condition. The lid of the box is slightly warped on one corner and it has picked up some light scuffs and knocks over the years and the brass escutcheon around the key hole is missing. The drive band connecting the wheel to the coils is in good strong condition and turns well however there has been a repair on it (see photo). There is no key to the box.
The best description comes from the photos so please look at them all carefully and if you have any questions at all please ask.