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Automatic Medical Electric Machine

Postby hottoddy » Wed May 01, 2019 2:44 am

Hello Everybody

I noticed this shock machine advertised as being made by A. Rowland & Son. Sir Nic Costa describes it as a J. Mason & Co. machine. The tag on the machine says "The Property of A. Rowland & Son". Can anyone straighten this out for me? :!?!: !PUZZLED!

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Re: Automatic Medical Electric Machine

Postby brigham » Wed May 01, 2019 7:50 am

Speaking from experience, I'd say that the seller is wrong.
(Especially if working for an Auction House).

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Re: Automatic Medical Electric Machine

Postby pennymachines » Wed May 01, 2019 8:03 am

Notice it says, 'Property of A Rowland and Son', not 'made by'. Rowland was a major operator in the early days and his badges are on Matthewson, Doughty & Barrett and Mason machines. Presumably Rowland made the enamels in hope that if any of his machines were mislaid or stolen, they might be returned...

Bob told us a little more about Rowland & Son here.

The cabinet style is quite similar to the Doughty & Barrett horse race game. The little rooftop with metal flashing is to keep the rain out, as pre-dating the cosy penny arcade, they were frequently sited outdoors, often seen on old postcards, grouped together with the aforementioned games, on the front of the pier.

If you just bought this, I think you got a bargain. £200 for a machine patented in 1889!

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Re: Automatic Medical Electric Machine

Postby treefrog » Wed May 01, 2019 8:08 pm

One sold 18 months ago at Morphys for $922 inc comm
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Re: Automatic Medical Electric Machine

Postby pennymachines » Wed May 01, 2019 8:50 pm

Yep, as I said, a bargain, and the Morphy one had lost its Rowland plaque!

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Re: Automatic Medical Electric Machine

Postby coppinpr » Thu May 02, 2019 9:44 am

Be interesting to know what the machine number is on the £200 machine. Can't make it out in the photo.

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Re: Automatic Medical Electric Machine

Postby pennymachines » Thu May 02, 2019 10:53 am

From the full size image supplied by the auction house, it's 314.
Almost rubbed out on the instruction label it appears to say, "It is not advisable to take too strong a shock." :zapa:

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Re: Automatic Medical Electric Machine

Postby coppinpr » Thu May 02, 2019 8:20 pm

These things do give a surprisingly big shock, I put a replacement exciter into the "electric amuser" I had and it would kick you very hard and that was a fixed size charge,I believe this one was variable. :shock:
I wonder how many young men looking to impress their girlfriends were secretly hoping to lose on a machine like the Amuser so they could avoid the shock without losing face.


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