The original Wimshurst electrostatic machine.

Made:
1882 in England
inventor:
James Wimshurst
and
James Wimshurst
and
Original model of Wimshurst's influence machine, 1882.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background Original model of Wimshurst's influence machine, 1882.  Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background

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Original model of Wimshurst's influence machine, 1882. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
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Original model of Wimshurst's influence machine, 1882. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Electrostatic influence machine, invented and made by James Wimshurst, England, United Kingdom, 1882

Details

Category:
Electricity and Magnetism
Object Number:
1926-1029
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), glass, ivory, mahogany (wood), manilla (cord), pine (wood), rosewood, tin (metal) and wood (unidentified)
type:
wimhurst machine
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • generator
  • electrostatic machine
credit:
Stevens's Auction Rooms Ltd.