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VICTORIAN QUACK MEDICINE HYSTERIA TREATMENT

Two sets of hand-cranked vibratory massagers with various attachments in original cases, used to treat female hysteria and other ailments, one made in Berlin, Germany and the other in London, England, early 20th c.; Both labeled; Larger: 4" x 16 1/2" x 7", smaller: 2 1/2" x 11 1/2" x 4 1/2"; Hysteria was a common diagnosis for women in the late 19th century and these devices, applied appropriately, were said to be a cure. The vibratory massager was also widely advertised as a remedy for colds, digestive complaints, flatulence - really almost any affliction - through "curative vibration". Examples virtually identical to these can be found in the Science Museum, London and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney, Australia.


Sale Price: $563

Estimate: $500 - $700


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Excellent condtion

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