Therapeutic Vibrator, England, 1920-1940

Made:
1920-1940 in England
maker:
Ever Ready Company

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Electric coil with therapeutic attachments, in mahogany case, by Ever Ready, English, 1920-1940

‘Vibrotherapy’ was considered an effective treatment for ‘hysteria’ during the late 1800s and early 20th century. Hysteria meant anything from stress and anxiety to headaches and anything indicating a nervous disposition. Vibrators were originally hand-cranked mechanical devices. However, a range of vibrators and attachments were available by the time this electromechanical example came on the market. The first reported use of electromechanical vibrators was in Paris in 1878. Doctors prescribed ‘vibrating machines’ for perceived health benefits, not sexual reasons. This vibrating machine was made by Ever Ready in England between 1920 and 1940.

Details

Category:
Therapeutics
Object Number:
A602768
Materials:
box, mahogany, box, velvet, heads, felt, covering, instrument, alloy (non ferrous)
Measurements:
overall (closed box): 160 mm x 166 mm x 113 mm, 1.136 kg
type:
vibrator
credit:
Phelps, M.

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