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Magneto-Electric Machine

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Dates
1854
1870
circa 1854 - 1870
Category
Mental Health
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Mental Health
Mental Health, Treatment
Accession Number
003019001 a-d
Description
Hinged wood box with magneto-electric machine consisting of the machine itself (a) which is made up of a large U-shaped magnet, a rotating gear, and a red velvet coated rotating device all attached inside a locking mahogany case with reinforced brass corners; metal cylinders (b-c) with green thread…
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Accession Number
003019001 a-d
Category
Mental Health
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Mental Health
Mental Health, Treatment
MeSH Heading
Mental Health
Mental Health -- treatment
Mental Health -- treatment -- instruments
Mental Health -- treatment -- electrical stimulation therapy
Electric Stimulation Therapy -- instrumentation
Description
Hinged wood box with magneto-electric machine consisting of the machine itself (a) which is made up of a large U-shaped magnet, a rotating gear, and a red velvet coated rotating device all attached inside a locking mahogany case with reinforced brass corners; metal cylinders (b-c) with green thread around a thin metal wire attached to the end that attaches to the machine with a brass cotter pin; brass crank with bone handle attached to front of box used to make the wheel rotate; tan paper label on the inside of the top of the box that provides instructions; small metal key (d) for brass lock.
Number Of Parts
4
Part Names
a - machine
b - handle
c - handle
d - key
Provenance
Found by donor's family in a closet when they moved into their new home on Livingston Avenue, Kingston, in 1949.
Maker
W. H. Burnap
Site Made (City)
Lowell
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1854
1870
circa 1854 - 1870
Material
wood: red
metal: brass, black
fabric: red, green
bone: white
paper: light brown
Inscriptions
Printed on inner label: “DAVIS & KIDDER’S // PATENT MAGNETO- ELEOTRIC MACHINE // FOR NERVOUS DISEASES. // PATENTED AUG. 1 1854. // DIRECTIONS.- Connect two metallic cords or wires with the Sockets to the ends of the Box, and apply the handles connected // with the other ends of the metallic cords or wires to any part of the person through which it is desirable to pass the current of Elec- // tricity. Then turn the Crank, regulating the strength of the current by the speed, and by the Knob at the end of the Box; it being // desirable to increase the strength only to that degree most agreeable to the patient. It is less unpleasant to the patient if wet // sponges are placed in the ends of the Handles, and these applied to the skin, as they prevent the prickling sensation. The sponges // should never be put inside of the Box while wet, as they rust the machinery. In applying it for the Toothache, Tic-Doloreux, or // Neuralgia, the operator takes one Handle and places his fingers or sponge over the affected, while the patient holds the other // Handle. In applying it to the foot, place one of the Handles in the water with the foot, and hold the other in the hand, or apply it // to any other part of the person. The Bearings and Spring must be oiled occasionally. // Manufactured and sold by W. H. BURNAP, Sole Proprietor, Lowell, Mass., whose signature is attached to all genuine // Machines. All infringements upon his Patent will be prosecuted // From PROF. SILLIMAN, // of Yale College. // Dear Sir: - Dr. Walter // Kidder has exhibited to me a // Magneto- Electric Machine, // invented by you. For neat- // ness, compactness, and facil- // ity and energy of operation, // it is far superior to any in- // strument of the kind which // I have seen. For medical // application, it possesses very // dedicated advantages. // B. SILLIAN. SEN. // New York, April 28, 1854. // From PROV. PAGE, // Washington, March 23, 1854. // Dear Sire: - Upon examin- // ation and trial, I find your // Magneto-Electric Machine // more efficient for it size than // any I have ever seen. The // improvement you have made // is one possessing much scien- // tific interest. // Yours respectfully, // CHAS. G. PAIGE.” stamped on lip of box: “PAT’D APR. 18 1854.” stamped on interior metal frame: “PATENTED AUG 1, 1854. // MANUFACTURED BY W. H. BURNAP LOWELL, MASS.”
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-L2-3
Length
a - 24.8
b - 10.2
c - 10.4
d - 2.9
Width
a - 11.4
d - 1.4
Depth
a - 11.2
Diameter
b - 2.8
c - 2.8
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Condition Remarks
Minor scratching on wood box; paper has yellowed with minor stains from adhesive on reverse; minor fraying of handle cords; bone discoloured
Copy Type
original
Reference Types
Internet
Reference Comments
The Real History Of Davis & Kidder, Jeff Behary
"Making the Modern World"
Research Facts
These machines were made in large numbers and were thought to be effective in a wide variety of physical and nervous disorders.
The unit delivered crude faradic current and up to four hundred volts from the rotating coils in conjunction with one or two horseshoe magnets.
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Magneto-Electric Machine

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact6000
Dates
1870
1899
circa 1870-1899
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Mental Health
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Mental Health
Mental Health, Treatment
Accession Number
1969.34.1 a-j
Description
Magneto-electric machine "for nervous diseases"; consists of (a) a laryngeal electrode with a black wooden handle, with wiring attached; (b) an electrode in a wooden handle, with wiring attached; (c) a straight electrode in a wooden handle, no wiring attached; (d,e) metallic tube handle electrodes;…
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Accession Number
1969.34.1 a-j
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Mental Health
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Mental Health
Mental Health, Treatment
MeSH Heading
Mental Health
Mental Health -- treatment
Mental Health -- treatment -- instruments
Mental Health -- treatment -- electrical stimulation therapy
Electric Stimulation Therapy -- instrumentation
Description
Magneto-electric machine "for nervous diseases"; consists of (a) a laryngeal electrode with a black wooden handle, with wiring attached; (b) an electrode in a wooden handle, with wiring attached; (c) a straight electrode in a wooden handle, no wiring attached; (d,e) metallic tube handle electrodes; (f,g) round metal plate electrodes with wiring; (h) key to case; (i) a mahogany tray with a handle, fits in bottom of case; and (j) a mahogany case; Note: item is missing.
Number Of Parts
10
Part Names
a - laryngeal electrode - Length 17.8 cm
b - electrode - Length 14.0 cm
c - straight electrode - Length 14.5 cm
d-e - tube handle electrode - Length 9.2 cm
f-g - round plate electrode - Length 16.5 cm
h - key - Length 2.8 cm
i - tray - Length 23.5 cm x Width 10.5 cm x Depth 3.3 cm
j - case - Length 26.0 cm x Width 11.5 cm x Depth 15.0 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mrs. Walter Taylor.
Maker
Joseph Gray & Co. Truss Works
Site Made (City)
Sheffield
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1870
1899
circa 1870-1899
Date Remarks
Original record had "late 19c."
Material
metal: yellow
paint: red
wood: brown
fabric: purple
Inscriptions
Inside of lid of case reads: "IMPROVED // PATENT MAGNETO- // FOR NERVOUS DISEASES // ELECTRIC MACHINE // [detailed directions follow]"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-L2-3
Temporary Location
Item is missing.
Condition Remarks
#3: Rubber stiff, cracked, and broken.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Photo
Other
Reference Comments
Similar to 1969.200, 1925.4.1, 1925.4.2, and 1970.1
Research Facts
A wooden-handled crank turns cogs which turn purple velvet-covered copper coiled rotating drums; there is also a magnet and strength of current adjusting lever.
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Galvano Faradic battery

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact6042
Dates
1870
1879
circa 1870-1879
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Mental Health
Classification
Mental Health
Mental Health, Treatment
Accession Number
1969.372.1 a-d
Description
Battery is mounted to a wooden platform inside a wooden box with a lid; there are two sponge electrodes with wooden handles; included are a glass bottle for battery fluid, a zinc plate, and a hinge-rod.
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Accession Number
1969.372.1 a-d
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Mental Health
Classification
Mental Health
Mental Health, Treatment
MeSH Heading
Mental Health
Mental Health -- treatment
Mental Health -- treatment -- instruments
Mental Health -- treatment -- electrical stimulation therapy
Electric Stimulation Therapy -- instrumentation
Description
Battery is mounted to a wooden platform inside a wooden box with a lid; there are two sponge electrodes with wooden handles; included are a glass bottle for battery fluid, a zinc plate, and a hinge-rod.
Number Of Parts
4
Part Names
a - sponge electrode - Size: Length 13.5 cm
b - sponge electrode - Size: Length 13.5 cm
c - wooden board - Size: Length 13.0 cm x Width 8.8 cm
d - wooden box - Size: Length 13.5 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source unknown.
Maker
Galvano Faradic Mfg. Co.
Site Made (City)
New York
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1870
1879
circa 1870-1879
Date Remarks
Patent dates given as Feb. 1, 1870, May 30, 1871, and March 26, 1872.
Material
wood: brown
metal: silver
glass: clear
sponge: beige
Inscriptions
Inside lid of wooden box: "Galvano Faradic Mfg. Co. Patented Feb. 1, 1870, May 30, 1871, March 26, 1872 - New York"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-L2-4
Condition Remarks
Starting to wear; zinc plate covered with whitish-green residue.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #UHN
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Magneto-Electric Machine

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact6261
Dates
1870
1930
circa 1870-1930
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Mental Health
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Mental Health
Mental Health, Treatment
Accession Number
1970.1.1 a-c
Description
A mahogany case (a) containing electromagnetic stimulator; has hinged lid, front lock; electric sockets at either end; crank with wooden handle turns cogs that turn copper wire coils; large magnets are painted blue; regulating knob; inside of lid has label; also included are (b) and (c), metallic t…
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Accession Number
1970.1.1 a-c
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Mental Health
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Mental Health
Mental Health, Treatment
MeSH Heading
Mental Health
Mental Health -- treatment
Mental Health -- treatment -- instruments
Mental Health -- treatment -- electrical stimulation therapy
Electric Stimulation Therapy -- instrumentation
Description
A mahogany case (a) containing electromagnetic stimulator; has hinged lid, front lock; electric sockets at either end; crank with wooden handle turns cogs that turn copper wire coils; large magnets are painted blue; regulating knob; inside of lid has label; also included are (b) and (c), metallic tube-handled electrodes with metallic cords attached.
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - case - Size: Length 25.3 cm x Width 12.0 cm x Depth 12.0 cm
b - handle - Size: Length 7.5 cm
c - handle - Size: Length 7.5 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mrs. Nelson Price of Toronto.
Maker
W. H. Burnap (?)
Site Made (City)
Lowell (?)
Site Made (State)
Massachusetts
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1870
1930
circa 1870-1930
Date Remarks
Original record had "late 19c.-early 20c."
Material
wood: brown
metal: silver; brown
paint: red; blue
paper: white
ink: black
Inscriptions
On label in lid: "MAGNETO-ELECTRIC MACHINE // FOR NERVOUS AND OTHER DISEASES"; followed by directions.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-L2-3
Copy Type
Original
Exhibit History
On exhibit at Osgood Township Museum L-2019-6 until 31 Dec 2019.
On exhibit at the Pump House Museum, Kingston, Ontario L-2017-4; 24 April 2017 – 28 Aug 2017.
On exhibit, Billings Estate, 3 Feb 2009-31 Dec. 2009
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Williams' Perfection Electro-Magnetic Machine

https://mhc.andornot.com/en/permalink/artifact6401
Dates
1870
1930
circa 1870-1930
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Mental Health
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Mental Health
Mental Health, Treatment
Accession Number
1971.6.1 a-g
Description
Hinged wooden box (a) contains two 6-volt batteries (not numbered); lid (b) is broken off; a label on inside gives directions for use of instrument; also included are a black insulating plate (c) to which is attached a coil switch; two metallic tube handle electrodes (d,e); a regulating shield to f…
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Accession Number
1971.6.1 a-g
Collection
University Health Network - Academy of Medicine Collection
Category
Mental Health
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Mental Health
Mental Health, Treatment
MeSH Heading
Mental Health
Mental Health -- treatment
Mental Health -- treatment -- instruments
Mental Health -- treatment -- electrical stimulation therapy
Electric Stimulation Therapy -- instrumentation
Description
Hinged wooden box (a) contains two 6-volt batteries (not numbered); lid (b) is broken off; a label on inside gives directions for use of instrument; also included are a black insulating plate (c) to which is attached a coil switch; two metallic tube handle electrodes (d,e); a regulating shield to fit over the coil (f); and a foot plate electrode (g).
Number Of Parts
7
Part Names
a - box - Size: Length 22.5 cm x Width 20.5 cm x Depth 15.5 cm
b - box lid
c - insulating plate
d - electrode - Size: Length 10.5 cm
e - electrode - Size: Length 10.5 cm
f - regulating shield - Size: Length 10.8 cm
g- foot plate electrode - Size: Length 17.0 cm x Width 7.5 cm
Provenance
Acquired from the Academy of Medicine; source: Mrs. P. Graham of Weston, Ont., via Dr. Arthur Cole.
Maker
P. G. Williams
Site Made (City)
New York
Site Made (State)
New York
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1870
1930
circa 1870-1930
Date Remarks
Original record had "late 19c.-early 20c."
Material
wood: brown
metal: silver
plastic: black
paper: black
Inscriptions
On (c): marks of 10-100; on battery (?): "Northern Electric BLUE BELL dry cell // The Bell Telephone Company of Canada // KS 6542 TYPE6 // DATE INSTALLED JUNE 10/30"
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-L2-2
Condition Remarks
Box broken; electrodes and metal worn; #2: ;batteries leaking.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
JPG
Reference Comments
CD #UHN
Research Facts
The machine was found by Mrs. Graham at a family house near Barrie, Ont.
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