993.640.1: Lamp, Therapeutic, c. 1930

Additional Images

993.640.1: Lamp, Therapeutic.
Image No. 2152 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

'ALPINE SUN LAMP' ['KROMAYER LAMP'] for therapeutic use. Inside the lamp is an arc tube containing mercury and a disc with 4 graduated size holes and a disc of green glass used to emit different diameter and colour light beams. Externally attached are 2 wooden disc handles, an electrical socket, an 'OPERATOMETER' and a fitting to which the arm bracket attaches. The arm bracket would also attach to a stand which is missing.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.640.1
Collection: Therapeutics
Date: c. 1930

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 70 cm
  • Height: 34 cm
  • Width: 45 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Lamp and casing
  • b) Stand arm bracket

Object Materials

  • aluminium,
  • ceramic,
  • copper alloy,
  • glass,
  • mercury,
  • nickel plate,
  • rubber,
  • steel,
  • unidentified coating,
  • wood

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Hanovia Chemical & Manufacturing Company
  • Owner: Dr. S. W. A. Gunn
  • History of Use: Used to relieve acne, alopecia, angioma (benign tumors), calluses, liver spots, eczema, scars, lupus vulgaris, Paget’s disease, psoriasis, rosacea, and many other dermatological conditions. Additionally, Hanovia advocated the use of the lamps to promote healing after surgery, to help mend bones after fractures, and promote general good health.