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    Posted 8 years ago

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    Hello all, picked this up at an estate sale today was wondering if anyone could give me some information on it. I think it's missing one of the glass cylinders but that's it. The glass wheel is 12",,,,,Thank you.

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    1. kerry10456 kerry10456, 8 years ago
      Tesla Motor ?
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Could be a Tesla but sure is in good condition for 1.
    3. Stillwater Stillwater, 8 years ago
      Whoa, that's REALLY interesting...
    4. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 8 years ago
      Wow a very nice Wimshurst electrostatic generator you got there. Be careful.

      Thanks for sharing,

      T A
    5. thefreno, 8 years ago
      Thanks TubeAmp, I goggled your word Wimshurst and found many similar.
    6. Vintage_Joe Vintage_Joe, 8 years ago
      I remember this from school. Is there crank in place? I'll never touch it again ;)
    7. thefreno, 8 years ago
      Yes, has wood handled crank on the rear side.
    8. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 8 years ago
      Well as you noticed one of the Leyden jar's is broken. You would need a replacement, not difficult to make. Love it!

      T A

    9. thefreno, 8 years ago
      Would one be available to buy somewhere? I would really like to complete it...thanks for your help TA.
    10. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 8 years ago
      very cool ....
    11. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 8 years ago
      There are still companies and individuals that make these. Also the insulators are missing that you would move the anode to control the discharge. You do not want to touch the metal. I would buy an instruction manual from one of the companies as they will still apply to yours. I would post some of the clubs that build these. Someone may know where this was made, which will make procuring parts easier for you.

      T A

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