~ Circa 1860 Chadburn Brothers Improved Electric Machine For Curing Nervous Diseases ~
The set is housed in its mahogany box. Inside is a large magnet and rotating velvet pad for generating static electricity. The set includes both hand grips, the cases key and the cranking handle. There is a pull on the side used to boost the voltage.
In the 1800s’, mild electric shocks were a popular treatment for a range of aches and pains, especially those associated with the nerves. Although little more than medical quackery, thousands of these machines were made. Electricity was produced using the large magnet and the strength of the electric shock was controlled by how fast the crank was turned. The steel handles were placed on the patient’s body to deliver the shock. To prevent the patient feeling too much pain, it was recommended that a wet sponge be placed between the handle and the body (how thoughtful!).
~ Condition ~
The piece is complete and is in excellent working order.
~ Dimensions ~
The case is 25 cm (9.75 inches) wide by 12.5 cm (5 inches) deep and 12 cm (4.75 inches) tall.
The set weighs 3 Kg.