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Large Naire-pattern Electrostatic Machine c.1830 (1 of 11)
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Wiltshire, UK

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Large Naire-pattern Electrostatic Machine c.1830

REF: LA355385
£1,550
€1,760
$1,907
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Description
This Naire-Pattern electrostatic machine dates to around the 1820s-30s and is a particularly large example of its type. As the first common means of generating an electrical charge they were used not only for public and private experimentation, but also for medical treatments. Often found quite small, the larger size of this example makes it perfect for display. See the image with the wine bottle for scale! Looking closely this does not look like a commercially manufactured model but was possible home-made instead. The turned mahogany frame the large glass drum sits in has been mounted somewhat crudely onto a base board which itself may have been modified from another piece of furniture.  There is no evidence it ever had a direct handle mounted to the frame and instead the cut-out on the base suggests it was belt driven (possibly leading to a larger handle below a desk etc). Larger Naire-Pattern electrostatic machines don't turn up too often. Therefore as a complete and larger-sized set up this grouping is nice for display.

measurements

Height:
42 cm
Width:
56 cm
Depth:
34 cm

declaration

Historic Tech has clarified that the Large Naire-pattern Electrostatic Machine c.1830 (LA355385) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c.1830

condition

This example has been recently visually restored to a decent standard. The period brass collector has been adapted to suit (new prongs) and is probably not original to the machine. There is an old chip to the fly wheel and I've not attempted to test this machine to see if it works. It has been paired with two equally oversized Leyden jars that are a little later in date than the machine  (c1870) but still suit it well. These are offered as found with both lacking their outer metal foil, but the inner foil is still good. One jar does have a crack in the glass on one side so is purely for display.

location

This Large Naire-pattern Electrostatic Machine c.1830 is located in United Kingdom

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