Rare Antique Magneto Electric Shock Machine

Rare Antique Magneto Electric Shock Machine


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Antique Electric Shock Therapy Machine 

Circa 1880
A rare example of an electric shock machine dating from the Victorian Era, contained in its original wooden box with two brass probes. The machine itself is mounted to a wooden block which slides out of the box. There is a wooden winding handle which attaches to the front of the instrument and turns a coil inside a large round magnet which induces the current. There is a lever which moves part of the magnet, presumably increasing or decreasing the intensity. At the rear of the machine there are terminals where the metal probes are connected and wooden blocks at the front to stand the probes on when not in use.
Approximate Measurements :
Height of Box : 8" (20cm)
Width : 6" (15cm)
Depth : 6" (15cm)
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 all the parts seem to move as they should.
It is in superb condition for its age and displays beautifully. It has been cleaned and lightly polished to bring the brass parts to life and the box has been given a light wax to retain its aged patina. The box has picked up some marks and knocks over the years and has a split in the back panel but nothing detrimental. The connector pin on one of the probes is bent (see photo) and there is no key to the box. 
It is a spectacular machine. I have sold many electric shock machines but none like this. The engineering is fantastic and the freestanding design shows off all the brass work. This is not something to be missed. 
The best description comes from the photos so please look at them all carefully and if you have any questions please ask.

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