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Planetarium The Trippensee
Co. was formed just after the turn of the century and they made these for a
number of years with some minor changes that allow dating them. Those with
maple wooden parts like this one are considered first models.
Later ones had ebonized wooden parts, and those made after WWII had plastic
parts. This Trippensee Planetarium is in overall Good + original condition
noting one small dent in the brass sun.
This tellurian by Trippensee is geared and
chain driven. The earth is represented with a terrestrial globe that
rotates at the end of the maple arm. The three-inch terrestrial globe
was manufactured by Rand McNally and copyrighted 1891; it is also marked
with the Trippensee name. There is a black-and-white painted wood
representation of the moon that revolves around the earth when the long arm
is moved. All of this is chain driven. The second small object that
revolves around the sun is said to be a representation of Venus. I had to read
about that as I did not remember from school the sun having its own moon.
The entire assembly is mounted on a turned maple post, mounted to the weighted brass base.
It has a circular zodiac dial as well. The maker’s label with the company
name, location, and patent info is on the arm. There is also a small
compass inset into the arm. When turned by hand using the small metal post
under the arm, the earth moves around the sun, and the earth, moon and Venus
rotate in unison. I am not sure if the 7000 year young Earther crowd
accepts this representation as fact, or if Trippensee or some other outfit
makes another version for them where the sun revolves around the earth.
Same concept from the same source of information, or have we moved past that
part of the idea?
In addition to the educational
benefits tellurians offer, they are also decorative, entertaining and make
for a great display piece. This fine early 20th century
scientific teaching aid is very hard to find and will make for a great
display piece today!
Good + . . . . . . .
Zeitsinnapparat Scientific Psychological Recording Device by Spindler & Hoyer, Göttingen
It is a large and graphic instrument at
over 28" across.
This unusual and large scientific apparatus was
designed to measure & record optical and acoustic stimuli.
There is an ID tag on one top arm with the manufacturers name Spindler & Hoyer, Göttingen. It dates from approx.
1900 and is German.
Descriptions online make this type if machine sound like a forerunner of the polygraph
machine. Information also refers to its use in the study of time. There are
numerous line drawings of similar devices using the word Zeitsinnapparat online that all lead to foreign or
German sites. Here is a
link to one of those German Scientific sites.
It is unclear how exactly it would
work, but it seems it was meant to be driven by a motor and would be hooked
up to a drum like recording machine similar to those used on steam
Very graphic, and an interesting
and important part of the history of Psychological study. Nice!!
Good + . . . . . $400.00 SOLD!!
Lord Kelvin Multicellular Voltmeter - Galvanometer Sir William Thomson Patent #104 by J. White Glasgow
The body of the instrument retains nearly all of its original lacquer finish. (See pics). Nice overall cosmetic condition noting a
crack in the top piece of glass w/ a bevel edge and the glass tube covering the pillar is also broken. I looked inside and there are
a series of delicate vanes and wires. I did not go further or play around in there. Describing what it is or did is beyond my pay grade.
I found an example in a Nebraska University collection with a complete write-up including history and operation.
Here is the link -
Good + . . . . . 495.00
Yeiser 1859 Patent Altitude / Meridian Instrument
Yeiser of Lexington Kentucky was granted a patent for this unusual solar /
meridian "altitude instrument" on February 8th 1859. The patent # is 22913
and is titled Altitude Instrument.
In addition to this patent, which can be found on Google, Yeiser was granted
at least two other patents having to do with the design of similar solar instruments and finding
the meridian or altitude of the sun. The basic principle is
much the same as how a sextant or octant was used for navigation over
expanses of water, or as a Burt Patent Solar Instrument which was patented in
the 1830's was used in surveying. This instruments basic design is similar with
some notable differences. One of Yeiser's other patents was issued as an
improvement to this one on August 9 1859 of the same year. That info can be bought up
as well, but was trickier to find. The images for that improved patent more
closely resemble this instrument.
After spending several hours bouncing around the internet I found a similar example of Yeiser's work in the Kentucky Historical Society Collection. That reference was hard to find as they called their piece a Theodolite and failed to
mention the exact patent date. It is interesting to note that that
instrument has a second maker name, being John S. Hougham, a known maker of Solar Compasses
with an example
of his work to be seen at the www.Surveyhistory.org site.
At another site I found info on several of
his other inventions, but no further mention of, or examples of, instruments like
Yeiser was granted a number of other patents including a patent for a rail car
coupler, an electric motor, and one for an improvement in eyeglasses or
spectacles. Yeiser hailed from Danville KY near Lexington KY. Pictures of the original Yeiser homestead in Danville can
also be found. It appears the family was quite well to do.
The overall condition
of this rare solar instrument is exceptional. The base measures approx. 9"
leg to keg of the tripod base. It stands approx. 10" tall.
The dial on top is inscribed with the patentees name, Yeiser and the February 8th
1859 Patent date. It
is also inscribed Sturm, Steffens & Co. Indianapolis Ind. who research
reveals were the makers. They were an obscure Mathematical Instrument
maker based in Indiana. I found a listing for them in an old pre Civil War
directory which stated
"H. STURM. - C. W. STEFFENS - E. F. STEFFENS.
STURM, STEFFENS & CO., MATHEMATICAL QPTICAL & PHILOSOPHICAL INSTRUMENT
MAKERS, And Manufacturers of F. Yeiser's Patent Solar Chronometers, No. 8
BLACKFORD'S BUILDING, South-East corner Washington & Meridian Sts.,
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. All Kinds of Small Machinery, Models, neatly done."
A graphic and near unique museum quality piece that will be the highlight of any collection.
Fine . . . . . . $3750.00
Tellurium Base for Trippensee
or Terrestrial Globe The bottom half anyway. This project / parts
Tellurium Base dates from the 1870's - 1880's and is a pretty rare thing. You can find
a few other examples with
different setups online using Google. Some having the Sun, Earth and Moons others with
just the Earth and moon. I found one listed for 12K, and another for
18K in its original box. Andrew is a well known and respected maker of
Globes and other Planetarium related objects.
What is here is in pretty nice condition with
most of the Zodiac panels clearly readable with good color still. There is some
staining. The gearing to revolve the planets is present and works. What you see is what you get.
Good + . . . . . $675.00
Mercury Arc Rectifier Control Panel by General Electric
Pieces like this are only found in Museums, electrical
related collections, and scrap yards. This one came from a collection but looks to have sat outside for
a few years at some point before being saved. It looks to have been cleaned up and repainted. It looks pretty good. There is no bulb. These were developed
to change AC power to DC. There is tons of info on the history, process, and pics of the bulbs, but very few of the actual machines or control panels like this
can be seen or found.
Good . . . . . $800.00
General Electric Type C-9 Explosion Proof Clock
This unusual GE clock looks and is built like a watt hour meter. Other similar but different
examples in cast iron housings can be seen using Google but I read no definitive explanation for
its purpose. There is a brass tag on the
side stamped "N. L. & O. P. Co." that indicates it is probably from Niagara Lockport & Ontario Power
Co. Not being a clock guy I can not tell you much more about who made
the movement. The top
comes off and it looks to be a well made heavy duty instrument. The
key to wind it is present, but I have no idea if it works, or what, when,
why or how the timer would be activated. Different!!
Fine . . . . . $95.00
Era Medical Doctor's Binaural Stethoscope This 19th century stethoscope is in excellent
condition. There are no cracks, breaks, or damage and the braided
tubes are nice. I am not sure if the cone is wood or some early plastic
material. Its threads are good. It is unmarked as to maker, but I have seen other
near identical ones that were marked. Looking at the pics one can
see that it breaks down easily with friction fits. An interesting and early piece of
Good + . . . . . . . $295.00
Edison Battery Jar
The porcelain lid is marked Edison Made in USA, the glass jar is
unmarked. Some chipping
at top rim as is typical. These early batteries were used to power a variety of
things including early Edison fan motors. Nice!!
Good . . . . . . . $75.00
/ Scientific Laboratory Electric Magnet I am
not sure of the primary function of this interesting looking electro
magnetic device. It looks to date from the late 19th century or a bit
later. It came from a private laboratory that experimented in light
and radio waves back near the turn of the century. It has twin / dual copper wrapped coils that are marked
on the tops
+ & -. The coils are mounted on a cast iron base that resembles
ones on some early battery fans. The cast iron base has an
opening in the side like it was meant to have a slide switch, but there is
no evidence it ever had such a switch inside. It does have a simple kill
switch mounted on the original board. I glued the original mounting
board back together and replaced the mounting screws. I played with it
for a while, plugged it into a Variac and ran it up to 100 volts or so and
nothing happened. Not really sure what was supposed to. I
see no damage other than the leads to the switch are now disconnected.
Good + . . . . . $140.00
Electric Light Bulb Shortly after
Thomas Edison introduced the first incandescent light bulb reproductions of
them began appearing and have been offered for sale ever since. I have
had them as late as the 80's coming out of museum shops, and heard of ones dating
back to within 25 years of their introduction that were offered at different
expositions back near the turn of the century. This one dates from the
1933 Worlds Fair.
Good . . . . . $195.00 SOLD
Thomas A. Edison
Commemorative Replica Light Bulb
I assume you know the history of Edison and his light bulb and will not
repeat that. There are thousands of links to that information on the
years of his discovery and its introduction onto the market, reproductions or
replicas of Edison's light bulb were being made and sold at exhibitions, worlds fairs, and
the like to commemorate its introduction in 1879.
I have seen some dated as late as the 80's. I am not sure when this
one dates from but it is an earlier model.. It is unmarked. The
filament is still intact.
Good + . . . . . $125.00 SOLD!!
Thomas Edison Reproduction Light Bulb Versions of this reproduction Edison
Light bulb have been produced since shortly after their initial introduction back in the 1890's.
I would guess this one dates from the WWII era or so. Could be earlier. One terminal cap is missing. Filament looks good, but it is untested.
Good + . . . . . . 50.00 SOLD!!
Golden Jubilee 1929 50th Anniversary Reproduction Light Bulb w/ Original
This one has remains of a decal dating it to 1929 or the 50th anniversary of
the introduction of Edison's game changing invention. The last 4 pics
are of the original shipping box. Nice!!
Good + . . . . . . . $95.00 SOLD!!
& E Keuffel & Esser Point of Sale Countertop Display
Never seen this before. A bit different!! The
perfect gift for the aspiring Engineer, Architect or K & E collector who has all
the rest. Nice overall condition.
Good + . . . . . $25.00
Static Electricity Machine This is a later
example that might be found in a school or university lab. It needs
attention to make it operable again.
Good . . . . . $295.00 SOLD
Crows Foot or Tripod Base Patented 1875
& 1886 Bausch & Lomb Microscope
This early paw foot microscope is in very
nice condition overall. It is one of the first models that Bosch and Lomb
put out before the turn of the century. It is fully operational and the
optics are all good. Inside the box are 2 metal containers with 2 eye
pieces, and in the second tray two lenses. Much of the original
lacquer remains on the brass portions of this microscope and it just has some
minor scratches. Both the fine adjust and the course adjustment features
operate as they should, noting that the course wheel on the right side spins
while the left side does the work. Note also that the condenser and the
double mirror are independent and have the ability to swing back or forth independently
of each other, and their settings are shown on the gage in the frame.
The box, which appears to be Cherry is very nice overall as well, showing just
some minor scuffs and dings. At the bottom on the front the door stands
1/2 off the table. I am not sure if this was a design feature or if a
small piece is missing. These tripod base microscopes are hard to find, and
this one will display very nicely.
Good . . . . . $995.00 SOLD
Early Ear, Nose, and Throat Quack
Diagnostic Device This is an
early example the supposed diagnostic and curative power of light in the medical
field. This device is NOS and shows no signs of even casual use.
The directions talk about being able to diagnose most ailments with this as
the white light it emits is so strong nothing can escape observation.
This is the basic set for ear, nose, and throat, but if you were impressed they
also offered a larger set with devices to help probe and examine all sorts of
other orifices you might encounter in your quest to heal. Some of the
light wands carry 2 different patents, one from the teens, and the other from
the 20's which is when I believe this dates from. Have you seen the stuff
the modern day ones have in their offices that rival this that hum when they
get to the right spot. Never you mind where it actually hurts.
Good . . . . . $225.00
Tin Hearing Aid Heh - - Whud ya say?
Good . . . . . $95.00 SOLD
Gutta Percha Hearing Aid
The ends are a hard plastic material and damage or crack free. The
cloth tube is in great condition. These sorts of things were sold
from the back of magazines and the like back near the turn of the
Good . . . . . $125.00 SOLD
Powered Medical Quack Device
These devices came in many sizes and
shapes and were first introduced when electricity was looking for ways to be
used that would be beneficial. It was a relatively new technology and
little was understood about its actual properties especially in relation to
how it might affect humans. What better use than to charge up the
system and so a whole new line of medicine was introduced. This
example is in like new condition, and either the buyer didnt like the
feeling, or passed before it could work its magic.
Good . . . . . $125.00 SOLD
Dentists Tooth Key
These early dental tools are called tooth
keys and came in many different sizes and shapes. They work kind of
like a basin wrench to undo plumbing pipes under the sink where there is not
a lot of room and are hard to get at. Sort of like in the prospective
patients mouth. To use you would latch the swinging arm around the bad
tooth and twist till it locked on, and then twist more and pull in one
motion till the tooth came out. This example has the unusual feature
of a root extractor built into one end of the handle if the initial
exraction did not work out just right. .
Good . . . . . $495.00 SOLD
Dental Key w/ 4 Different Jaws
Dentist dental keys were designed much like a basin wrench to get at those hard to
reach nuts under a sink. Dental Keys or tooth extractors worked on the same
principle. Latch the swivel jaw around the tooth, somehow, give a bit
of a twist in the right direction to tighten it up, and then pull down
hoping it does not slip, or crack and break the tooth. Fast and no
doubt painful, but what were the choices? Oh
my goodness that must have hurt before the days of Novocain.
This one has 4
different jaws with different sizes or radiuses to fit all the many
different sizes and shapes of the patients teeth. They are usually
found with just one. There is a small chip out of the rosewood handle
but it is otherwise in fine condition. No wonder people fear
dentists, it is probably a genetic fear instilled in their genes after their
earlier relatives subjected themselves to this treatment.
Good + . . . . . $295.00 SOLD!!
Ray Electrical Quack Device These
unusual devices came in a number of sizes with different amount of wands
to be used on different areas of the body. This one has 5
different wands and all are operable. I have seen sets with just
one, and others with 25 or more different sizes for the patient with
multiple problems. Sets about this size seem to be the most
. There is a dial like rheostat adjuster to
control the amount of juice, and set at its highest the flow of
brilliant blue light travels about 2" to the body part and is
uncomfortable. Toned down it does not hurt at all, and I can
imagine how the customer / patient could be convinced it would be
beneficial. The last time I went to a Chiropractor he pulled out
something similar and spoke glowingly about its benefits.
Good . . . . . $250.00 SOLD
Renu-Life Violet Ray Magical Cure-All
This electrical quack device probably dates from the 20's or so. If you
have never seen or tried one you would be impressed by the show it puts on
and the feeling it gives off when used.
I guarantee you would feel different after a treatment or two as well.
Whether or not it will cure you of anything is another question.
It would seem all that tried and felt it did not whip out the money
to buy one as they are actually quite hard to find these days. Probably
because the operator turned it up to high and it hurt more than it helped.
It has that potential, and I can testify to that. This is actually a
super deluxe model with more wands and probe than usual, and more
adjustments than you usually find in the entry level model. Simple models
came with just a couple wands, while I have seen deluxe models with over 20 also
There are attachments
in this one for all different parts of the body. a comb for the hair / scalp,
one that will wrap right around your finger.
A curve for the knee or elbow.
A couple that look like probes of some sort, and we will let you use your
imagination for where to use those. There is one that seems to have blown up as
well. It also has two settings for intensity and type of ray or
power. Probably explained in full in the instructions, but I can guess
that negative ions for one type of ailment, and positive for another.
Oh, it does work, and is operational if the one you were
using has finally given it up and you do not want one of the new versions
being sold on eBay. As with the slogan no new ideas, it seems old
ideas never die either.
Good + . . . . .
Vacuum Jar These were used to see
how things did when subjected to a vacuum. You created that by
putting the piece under the glass and then pumping the air out of the
enclosure. Think of it kind of like watching TV and then getting
stuck on one channel like Fox. Hence the phrase living in a
Good . . . . . $395.00
French 12 Blade Blood Letting Scarificator
The idea of intentional bleeding to let the bad blood out
was an accepted and common practice in the the 19th century and earlier.
This 12 blade blood letting device known as a Scarificator is in very fine working condition and includes the box.
The box top is detached, but it is otherwise OK. Finding these with a
box is a real bonus as
they are very fragile and hard to find.
To operate you pull
the top lever back 2 clicks. At the first click the blades appear, and all
12 are here, clean, sharp and ready. The second click retracts the blades and
cocks it. You can adjust the depth of cut by turning the thumbscrew on
top. Put it up against the skin, usually an extremity such as the
foot, push the button on the side and it releases blades quickly to puncture
the skin creating a path for all the bad blood to escape, and to promote health. Thank
goodness we have pharmaceuticals and pills to cure our ills today. A nice
early piece of medical technology.
Fine . . . . . $295.00
Hartmann & Braun A.G. No. 180 Circular
Rotating Coils This interesting piece is marked Hartmann & Braun A.G. No. 180.
13.5" x 10" x 10" I am not sure of the exact purpose or use, but if you have AC current in one coil, a current will be induced in the other coil:
causing it to act as a transformer. When you change the angle of the coils the coupling between the coils will change and the second coil current will change.
I have seen similar devices used as tuners on crystal radio sets, but much
smaller than this. Very Graphic.
Excellent. . . . . $495.00 SOLD!!
Angle Prism w/ Sun Shades on Telescoping Brass Holder This device
has a jointed clamp on the bottom to mount it to a table or other shelf. The top
is also jointed so it can be set into different positions. It is unmarked. It has the ability to telescope out to be longer at two joints.
Good + . . . . . . $125.00 SOLD!!
Electric Ozone Generator No new ideas.
Those in the know have been peddling these sort of things since the discovery of
electricity and the smells it use to give off when properly, or not set
up. This example looks to
date from the 30's or so.
Good + . . . . . . $95.00 SOLD!!
Crystal Radio Set
The cosmetic condition is super. The instruction sheet is still
present on the back. Very Nice!!
Good + . . . . . . $195.00 SOLD!!
- Electric Machine" Quack Machine
This electrical quack device dates from before
the turn of the century. It is the earlier version w/ cast wheel w/ curved
spokes. Later models had stamped brass gears. Some of these are marked
Davis - Kidder, and others with other names. I do not see any name on
this one on the instructions in the lid. This is one of many ideas for the use of the relatively
newly discovered energy source electricity. Machines based on the use
of electricity to cure what ails you are still being "developed" and foisted
upon the public. The literature and marketing are slicker, and the
claims no less spectacular. Just visit you local Chiropractor for a
present day treatment using the same idea..
. . . . . $175.00 SOLD!!
Colton Pharmaceutical Machinery Toothpaste / Paint Tube Closing Machine
It took me over an hour to figure out just what this was. It is the machine
that would fold and crimp the end of metal tubes that held toothpaste or paint. Figuring out
that the Arthur Colton Company made pharmaceutical machinery was quick and easy. Figured out this was
probably a tube closer pretty soon after that, but it took a couple hours
more to find an example pictured and advertised in an old c. 1909 pharmaceutical
/ dental magazine. In looking around I see they still sell tubes to
be filled in case you want to go into business with some secret formula, but
this would probably go better in the Country Store / Drug Store type museum /
set-up / display. It works fine with the jaws opening and closing, in sync
with the bottom tube moving up and down when it should. A neat piece!!
Good + . . . . . $295.00 SOLD!!
Rapid Computer Co. Chicago Adding Machine / Patented 1892
A fellow named Landin was granted a patent for this style chain drive
adding machine in 1892. Production moved around, first in Minneapolis MN,
then to Benton Harbor MI and then Germany. The serial # on this one is
5590. There is a write-up and history on this style calculator on the site
There is no mention there, or at the other antique office machine site with
info about these adders being produced in Chicago as this one indicates. Even more unusual is the
fact that this
one is stamped on both the machine and the box that it came from Harvard
University. The condition is very nice and it is operable. The
box shows some wear but is pretty nice as well. A piece of
Fine . . . . . $225.00 SOLD!!
Standard Portable Direct & Alternating Current Volt Meter
This Weston Volt Meter is in fine condition. The label inside the lid
indicates it we put into service in 1912. The case is marked
with 3 patent dates from the 1890s. Very nice.
Good +. . . . . 50.00
Direct Reading Milli Voltmeter
This early Weston Milli Voltmeter is in fine condition. There is a tag
calling off a 1888 patent. It looks to be operable but has not been
tested. Very nice.
Fine . . . . . $45.00
Direct Current Volt Meter Everything seems
to be OK. 9" Diameter. Cast iron housing. Great look.
Fine . . . . . $75.00
The label says it is for the General Railway Signal Co. of Rochester NY.
There are 15 patent dates on the small ID tag ranging from 1885 to 1901. Cast
Iron housing, and approx. 9" dia. Nice.
Fine. . . . . $50.00
A large and graphic meter in nice condition. It is approx. 9" across at the
bottom and larger across the curved top. It stands a bit over 12"
tall. The needle swings freely. The tag on the front has multiple
patents from pre 1900. It has a light bulb socket on the back. Very nice.
Good + . . . . . 325.00
Electric Manufacturing Co. Alternating Current Voltmeter
A large and graphic volt meter in nice condition. It is approx. 14" across at the
widest point across the curved top. It stands approx. 12"
tall. The needle swings freely. There is a crack in the glass on
the left side as shown in the pics. There are two flip out doors
on the back for access to allow light bulbs to be screwed in. Very nice.
Good + . . . . . 350.00
Electric Watt Meter This is a very nice
condition meter. The date it was put into service was 1936. No leather
handle. Clean, straight from the collection and ready for yours. Nice!!
Fine . . . . . $40.00
Electro Dental Mfg. Co. Rheostat / Speed Control Used
to control speeds on this outfits line of dental drills or other similar applications. Nice.
Good +. . . . . $50.00
Fort Wayne Electric Corp. "Wood System" Phase Indicator
This is a beautiful meter for the collection. The condition is stunning.
It is marked Pat Appd For. Note that it reads right to left. Different!!
Fine . . . . . $295.00
K & D Am-Meter Everything seems
to be OK. Wood case is nice. Great look. Has tag from
early California Electric Supply Distributer Paul Seiler on back.
Fine . . . . . $40.00
Glass Side Adding Machine
Big and heavy. Cutting edge technology in its day. Carefully
restored and operational. A neat piece!!
Good + . . . . . $195.00 SOLD!!
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