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electrical massage instrument

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Dates
1905
1915
circa 1905-1915
Collection
Colonel S. M. Polson Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
Accession Number
999021001 a-e
Description
(a) Electrical massage instrument consists of a metal-encased motor supported by stand on four wooden castors; motor sits on round platform with semi-circular hinged drawer; side of platform has a switch and a holster for hand-piece; hand-piece has a painted wooden handle and a metal head ending in…
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Accession Number
999021001 a-e
Collection
Colonel S. M. Polson Collection
Category
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Treatment, General
MeSH Heading
Massage -- instrumentation
Vibration -- therapeutic use
Description
(a) Electrical massage instrument consists of a metal-encased motor supported by stand on four wooden castors; motor sits on round platform with semi-circular hinged drawer; side of platform has a switch and a holster for hand-piece; hand-piece has a painted wooden handle and a metal head ending in a ring; hand-piece is connected to motor with cloth-braided cable; instrument has an original cloth-braided plug; drawer contains (b) oil can and (c) plastic cylindrical ribbed bit; drawer contains two oil stained (d-e) pages from Popular Mechanics magazine April 1930.
Number Of Parts
5
Part Names
a - electrical massage instrument - Size: Length 115.5 cm x Width 45.0 cm x Depth 42.5 cm
b - oil can - Size: Length 7.5 cm x Diam. 5.1 cm
c - plastic cylindrical ribbed bit - Size: Length 8.5 cm x Diam. 3.8 cm
d - page - Size: Length 23.5 cm x Width 16.5 cm
e - page - Size: Length 23.5 cm x Width 16.5 cm
Provenance
Originally owned and used by Col. S.M. Polson.
Maker
Chicago Motor and Vibrator Co.
Site Made (City)
Chicago
Site Made (State)
Illinois
Site Made (Country)
United States of America
Dates
1905
1915
circa 1905-1915
Date Remarks
based on appearance
Material
metal: black, yellow, silver
fabric: black
plastic: black
wood: brown
paper: yellowed
Inscriptions
Embossed and etched on metal plate affixed to platform: "CHICAGO MOTOR AND // VIBRATOR CO. // CHICAGO // NO. P739 VOLTS 110 CY.60"; impressed on hand-piece twice: "OIL"; embossed on cylindrical bit: "HF INC"
Permanent Location
(a-c) Storage Room W1
W1-2-1
(d,e) Storage Room 2005
2005-2-5 Box 18
Condition Remarks
Metal stand and motor case scratched; black lacquer paint chipping off in spots; lacquer on motor case is dulling due to wear; exposed metal is tarnished; motor case exterior has a missing screw-on cap which exposes a spring; hand-piece scratched with minor paint chipping; oily residue on hand-piece's metal ring, inside drawer and inside motor case; cloth-braided cord for hand-piece has several minor tears; cloth-braided plug torn in the middle of cable; wires exposed and cord frayed at tear; plug missing cap and exposing wires; oil can tarnished and oily; pages from Popular Mechanics magazine thoroughly stained with oil; showing several rips.
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
Web Site "Turn of the Century Electrotherapy Museum": "Medical Electricity, Röntgen Rays, and Radium" by Dr. Sinclair Tousey; CD #5.
Research Facts
Used for therapeutic vibration massage.
Images
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