Electromagnetic Machine


The paper label in the lid of the wooden box reads in part: “Dr. Drescher’s Pocket Electro-Magnetic Machine No. 1.” And “Manufactured by / F. G. OTTO & SONS / Sole Proprietors of / Dr. Drescher’s / Patent Electro-Magnetic Apparatus.” Another label reads “OTTO FLEMING / 720 ARCH ST. / PHILADELPHIA.” Luis Drescher was a physician in New York with several patents to his name. F. G. Otto & Sons began in business as such in New York in 1875, making and selling surgical and other medical apparatus

Ref: “Galvanic Battery for Doctors,” Scientific American (Sept. 4, 1852), p. 404.

Luis Drescher, “Improvement in Electro-Medical Apparatus,” U.S. Patent 116,695 (July 4, 1871).

Date Made: 1880 - 1889

Maker: F. G. Otto & Sons

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, PhiladelphiaUnited States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh

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Credit Line: Gift of The Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of the State of Maryland

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.302606.031Accession Number: 302606Catalog Number: 302606.031M-14161

Object Name: electrotherapeutic apparatuselectrotherapy coll objectbattery, faradic current

Physical Description: wood (overall material)metal (overall material)metal, brass (overall material)metal (overall material)metal, iron (overall material)mercury bisulphate (overall material)cord, cotton (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1 1/2 in x 6 in x 3 3/4 in; 3.81 cm x 15.24 cm x 9.525 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-3fe2-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1374885

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