Once enough charge has been stored within the jars a spark is released between the two brass nodes to the front of the machine. Although this machine has no markings other than some numerals stamped to the underside of the base, similar machines were being marketed by the German Heinrich Bernhard Felix Wommelsdorf under the product name of Womella and also by an American company called the Electro Importing Company both active in the early 1900s. Please see the images for an example of the Electro Importing Companys adverts during the period. James Wimshurst was the Chief Shipwright Surveyor for Lloyds of London but dedicated his spare time to scientific experimentation.
Widely known for his experiments with electiricity, he became a member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers in 1889 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1898. Jason Clarke Antiques are happy to discuss carriage, condition or for any other queries, alternatively, you can also message me and I will endeavour to come back to you as soon as possible.
I have a number of beautiful antiques for sale, so please feel free to browse my other items. The item "BAUHAUS PERIOD GERMAN WIMSHURST MACHINE BY VOLTANA" is in sale since Friday, November 23, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectables\Scientific Collectables\Scientific Instruments\Other Scientific Instruments". The seller is "jason750_1" and is located in newbury, Berkshire.
This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.