Medical Galvanism Machine by W.H. Halse, 1865

Medical Galvanism Machine by W.H. Halse, 1865

Stock Number: 00 430414 H S



14 x 6 cm electric coil mounted on a 18 x 10 cm base.




W. H. Halse

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Medicine, Therapeutic & Functional Aids, Other Medical Antiques


An Medical Electrostatic Machine by W.H. Halse, 1865. The label on the front gives the following discription: “Mr. W.H. Halse – Medical Galvanism – N 2 Addison Terrace – Kensington London”.  Distinctive is the 10 cm circular face with a pointer which turns to indicate a changing charge as the coil is extended. 8 lacquered brass fittings. Associated electrodes missing. This is a rather elegant example of a typical nineteenth-twentieth century electric shock machine used to treat a vast variety of ills.  14 x 6 cm electric coil mounted on a 18 x 10 cm base.

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NL Van Leest Antiques

Van Leest Antiques

Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.

As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.