Lot 361    

2005, Furniture & Decorative Arts / May 27-28
FOR NERVOUS DISEASES. A great piece of 19th-century medical quackery consisting of a brass mechanism that is cranked so that a static charge is built up and delivered through the 2 handles that the afflicted person is suppose to hold or apply to themselves. Retains its original printed label and instructions on the interior of the lid of its mahogany case. Manufactured by W.H. Burnap of New York and ENDORSED AND USED BY THE Leading Physicians throughout the UNITED STATES AND EUROPE. This thing still works and will please, delight, and shock your family and friends. Late 19th century; 4.5" high x 10" wide x 4.5" deep (case).

Refinished case, toning and water damage to label, machine has expected wear; VG.
Sold: $402.50
Price includes
Buyer's Premium
      Ask a Question

All Images

don't miss

an opportunity to bid. You can't win if you're not in.

sign up to bid

what's it worth?

ask the experts

sell your item

start selling
Carved Whale Bone & Horsehair Scrimshaw Fly Whisk,
Lot # 773 - Carved Whale Bone & Horsehair Scrimshaw Fly Whisk,
handle is carved in the form of a hand clutching a staff with the name P. Letia. Horsehair whisk braided to handle; overall length 26". > Item Details
Bridge and Fuller Triple-Decker Eight-Day Clock,
Lot # 47 - Bridge and Fuller Triple-Decker Eight-Day Clock,
bearing its original paper label. In a mahogany case with applied columns, its original, reverse-painted tablets, and original tin dial with polychrome-painted decoration. In its original finish; 32.5" high x 19.75" wide x 6.5" deep. > Item Details
LeBaron Bonney <i>NANTUCKET</i> Ship Model,
Lot # 872 - LeBaron Bonney NANTUCKET Ship Model,
a fine wood model of a 2-masted ship retaining its original paint. Mounted on its original base on the underside of which is the original label for the Le Baron Bonney Company of Newburyport, Massachusetts. 12" high x 16.5" deep. The Le Baron Bonney Company was started in 1938 by brothers Le Baro... > Item Details
Pennsylvania Paint-Decorated Server,
Lot # 832 - Pennsylvania Paint-Decorated Server,
pine, with 2 curved-front drawers over 2 doors, and with a dovetailed and scroll-cut gallery, applied columns, and high, turned feet. Retains its original red over yellow paint-decorated surface. Probably Pennsylvania, ca 1820-1840; 52.5" high x 45" wide x 21.5" deep. > Item Details
Early Satirical Cartoon with Stereotypes,
Lot # 414 - Early Satirical Cartoon with Stereotypes,
wood engraving on paper. Entitled CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES, ACCORDING TO POPULAR IMPRESSIONS. 8 vignettes, each depicting a different racial or geographical stereotype. Includes a Yankee, a South Carolinian, a Hoosier, a Kentuckian, a Pennsylvanian, a Mississippian, a Californian, and "The E... > Item Details
<i>Mountain Lake</i> by Robert Scott Duncanson,
Lot # 874 - Mountain Lake by Robert Scott Duncanson,
oil on canvas, faintly signed in the lower right and a note on verso indicates that it is signed and dated 1870 on the back of the canvas. A serene scene of a mountain lake surrounded by trees. In a period, gilt frame; 13.5" x 23.5" (w/o frame), 18.75" x 28.75". Robert Scott Duncanson (1821-1872) ... > Item Details
Prisoner of War Tobacco Box,
Lot # 937 - Prisoner of War Tobacco Box,
made of dyed and inlaid woods pasted to papier-mâché oval body in elaborate geometric and floral designs, interior with painted blue ground with red and green diamonds stamped on it, friction sliding closure with domed rayed ends. This type of box was popular from ca 1800-20 and likely made during t... > Item Details
Early Tavern or Work Table,
Lot # 343 - Early Tavern or Work Table,
one-drawer table constructed of pine, with a one-board scrubbed top, tapered legs, and an old pumpkin-colored paint on base. American, early- to mid-19th century; 30.75" high x 44" wide 31.5" deep. > Item Details
Pastoral Landscape with Cows by Durant,
Lot # 799 - Pastoral Landscape with Cows by Durant,
oil on canvas, signed Durant in the lower right. A fine scene with 2 cows drinking from a stream that runs between a road and a forest, with a small house in the background. In a period, carved and gold-painted frame. American, second half of the 19th century; 11.75" x 17.5" (w/o frame), 17.75" x... > Item Details
Fine Portrait of a Young Gentleman,
Lot # 884 - Fine Portrait of a Young Gentleman,
oil on board. An academic, half-length, seated portrait of a young gentleman in a black suit, sitting on a windsor chair. He holds a red scarf of handkerchief and a gold and ruby(?) watch fob. Behind him, the paneled interior of a classical home with a gilt mirror, and through the window, a lands... > Item Details
Cut Sponge Rabbitware Charger with Frolicking Rabbits & Frogs,
Lot # 284 - Cut Sponge Rabbitware Charger with Frolicking Rabbits & Frogs,
English, ca 1860-1870, on an ironstone body. Wonderful design of polychrome red, blue and green columbine and star flowers in the center with a transfer design of frolicking gray rabbits and green frogs in ochre grasses on the surround. Marked below with an impressed capital letter B; 13" diameter.... > Item Details
Inlaid George III Chest-on-Chest,
Lot # 347 - Inlaid George III Chest-on-Chest,
3-piece, in mahogany, with mixed secondary woods. Lower case has 3 graduated and cockbeaded drawers and bracket feet. The upper case has 2-over-3 graduated and cockbeaded drawers and stop-fluted canted corners. The moulded cornice has inlaid shells and a central bird on a branch. Appears to retai... > Item Details
Chinese Wine Table,
Lot # 132 - Chinese Wine Table,
in elm. With a paneled top, open skirt, square legs, and hoof feet. With traces of an old, possibly original, red-lacquered surface. Hebei Province, mid-19th century; 33.25" high x 30.25" wide x 24.75" deep. > Item Details
Large Chinese Carved Ivory Kuan-Yin on Stand,
Lot # 116 - Large Chinese Carved Ivory Kuan-Yin on Stand,
a wonderful portrayal of Avalokitesvara, the Indian Buddhist goddess of compassion and mercy, who was introduced to Chinese Buddhism in the 3rd century. With an elaborate crown with pierced carving, Buddhas and deities, and a jolly Buddha in the center, and with incised, Chinese characters on her u... > Item Details
Early Icon Depicting Mary and Jesus,
Lot # 422 - Early Icon Depicting Mary and Jesus,
oil and gilt on panel. A sensitive portrayal of the Virgin Mary and the Christ child, done in fine detail. 19th century; 13.25" x 10.25". > Item Details
Old Hickory Rocking Chair,
Lot # 358 - Old Hickory Rocking Chair,
constructed of mixed woods, log construction with woven willow seat and old, brown paint. Indiana, early 20th century; 16" high (seat) x 34.5" high (overall). > Item Details
Bicentennial Kit Quilt with Eagle,
Lot # 686 - Bicentennial Kit Quilt with Eagle,
beautifully appliqued and quilted from calicos and solid red. Attributed to Tennessee; approx. size 94" x 78". > Item Details
Painted Child's Carousel Rabbit,
Lot # 910 - Painted Child's Carousel Rabbit,
carved from laminated pine boards with well-detailed features and retaining an older polychrome paint decoration. Mounted to a contemporary wooden support base, 20th century; approx size (not including stand) 45" high x 31" long x 9" deep. > Item Details
Pennsylvania Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Crock,
Lot # 550 - Pennsylvania Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Crock,
small jar with brushed cobalt in a vining tulip design. Mid-19th century; 7" high x 6" diameter. > Item Details
Fine Pittsburgh Cut Glass Hollow Stem Fruit Bowl,
Lot # 148 - Fine Pittsburgh Cut Glass Hollow Stem Fruit Bowl,
ca 1810-1830, and attributed to one of the Pittsburgh District glass houses. A fine example cut in the Anglo-Irish tradition with fan and diamond cutting around the body, blown air-trap baluster stem and heavy, circular disc foot; 8.75" tall x 9" diameter across the bowl. > Item Details
ITEMS 1-20 of 20