993.627.1: Electrical Stimulator, 1922-1946

Additional Images

993.627.1: Electrical Stimulator.
Image No. 2143 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Combined dry cell galvanic and faradic battery. A medical apparatus consisting of a black leatherette covered steel hinged wooden case with textile covered steel handle and 2 catches. A velvet lined false lid attached by poppers covers a compartment which houses 2 felt pad electrodes with wooden handles, an electrolytic needle holder with a magnifying glass attached and 2 conducting leads covered in coloured woven cord. The mechanism (induction coil, etc.) is covered by a control panel displaying an oval plate giving the serial number [8099], the model number [7014] and manufacturer's details. Dimensions given are for closed case only.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.627.1
Collection: Therapeutics
Date: 1922-1946

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 33.5 cm
  • Height: 30 cm
  • Depth: 11 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Combined dry cell galvanic and faradic battery in hinged case with handle, 2 catches and control panel
  • b) Lid compartment cover
  • c) Electrode with wooden handle and metallic shaft
  • d) Electrode with wooden handle and metallic shaft
  • e) Electrolytic needle holder with magnifying glass
  • f) Conducting lead
  • g) Conducting lead

Object Materials

  • canvas,
  • coating,
  • cord,
  • glass,
  • leatherette,
  • metal,
  • plastic,
  • plating,
  • steel,
  • textile,
  • velvet,
  • wood,
  • wool felt,
  • leather

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: McIntosh Electrical Corporation
  • History of Use: Galvanic currents were used to create localised muscle contractions, to stimulate digestion or to remove or reduce moles, ulcers and tumors. The faradic currents gave a more powerful jolt to the body and was used as a nerve tonic or general stimulant. The electrolytic needle holder was used in the removal of hair.