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Magneto-Electric Machine

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Dates
1878
circa 1878
Collection
Nicholson School Collection
Category
Mental Health
Diagnostic & Treatment Artifacts
Classification
Mental Health
Mental Health, Treatment
Accession Number
001024001 a-c
Description
A magneto-electric machine consisting of the machine itself (a) which is made up of a large U-shaped magnet, a rotating wheel, and a blue velvet coated rotating device all attached inside a locking mahogany case; there is also a handle (b) which is a brass cylinder with a wire coming out of it whic…
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Accession Number
001024001 a-c
Collection
Nicholson School 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 magneto-electric machine consisting of the machine itself (a) which is made up of a large U-shaped magnet, a rotating wheel, and a blue velvet coated rotating device all attached inside a locking mahogany case; there is also a handle (b) which is a brass cylinder with a wire coming out of it which attaches to the machine and a crank (c) which screws into a hole on the front of the box and is used to make the wheel rotate; there is a label on the inside of the top of the box.
Number Of Parts
3
Part Names
a - machine - Size: Length 26.1 cm x Width 11.8 cm x Depth 11.6 cm
b - handle - Size: Length 9.3 cm x Diam. 2.5 cm (with 150.00 cm cord)
c - crank - Size: Length 7.8 cm x Width 5.0 cm x Depth 2.5 cm
Provenance
Comes from the science laboratory at Nicholson School in Belleville.
Maker
Pawson & Brailsford
Site Made (City)
Sheffield
Site Made (Country)
England
Dates
1878
circa 1878
Date Remarks
On the label it says it won an award in 1878.
Material
wood: brown
metal: silver, blue, yellow
fabric: blue
Inscriptions
"IMPROVED // PATENT MAGNETO-ELECTRIC MACHINE // FOR NERVOUS DISEASES" printed on the label; "FIRST PRIZE MEDAL // LONDON 1862" printed on the left side of the label; "SILVER MEDAL /PARIS 1878" printed on the right side of the label; there are directions printed on the label.
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007-L2-3
Condition Remarks
There is some staining on the case; the case has a crack on the back near the hinge, causing it not to close all the way; one of the handles is missing.
Reference Types
Internet
JPG
Reference Comments
Internet: "Making the Modern World"; CD #3
Research Facts
These machines were made in large numbers and were thought to be effective in a wide variety of physical and nervous disorders.
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Magneto-Electric Machine

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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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