1920's Violet Ray Generator Wellness Gadget

Shipping to United States: $15.78
Sorry, this item has sold.

The violet ray generator was a wellness gadget from a time long before we thought wellness gadgets existed.

From Wikipedia:
Their basic construction was invented prior to 1900 by Nikola Tesla, who introduced his first prototypes at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. Most of the antique violet rays in the US were produced before the Depression era, and some of the larger US manufacturers of violet rays were Renulife, Fitzgerald, and Fisher. Companies who manufactured violet ray devices made many other types of electrical appliances as well, e.g. Star Electric, which also manufactured stock ticker machines. Many of the companies who were able to continue manufacturing violet rays after the Depression stopped making them due to World War II, when they began manufacturing radio coils and other electrical components for the war instead.

A typical violet ray device consisted of an ungrounded, electrical control box that controlled the interrupter and housed the magneto coil, and an attached bakelite or other handle housing which contained the high voltage coil and an insertion port for attachments. Glass, evacuated tubes of varying shapes and for different therapeutic uses could be inserted into the bakelite handle to apply the resulting current to different parts of the body.


Colorful cover of Virex manual with recommended violet ray treatments for various diseases and conditions, about 1900.
Violet ray treatments were said to cure everything from lumbago to carbuncles. From an antique Master Violet Ray manual c. 1920 comes this treatment advice:

Brain Fog - Use Applicator No. I over forehead and eyes. Also treat the back of head and neck with strong current in direct contact with the skin. Treat the spine and hold the electrode in the hand. Ozone inhalations for about four minutes are also of importance.

This example is made by Fitzgerald MFG. Co in the 1920's and looks to be complete but is untested. Hook up a power source and stay young forever with this vintage gadget!

Ships securely packaged in a sturdy carton or if you're in the GTA you can use coupon code LocalPickup at checkout to remove the shipping cost and pick up in store at your convenience

Payments

If you would like to purchase something you see here and pick up the item in store, simply enter coupon code LocalPickup at checkout

Shipping from Canada

All Canadian and USA orders ship in sturdy packaging through Canada Post's regular service.

Overseas orders 1lb or 12" or under will automatically ship via Air Mail at 7 - 10 business days. Orders over these dimensions will ship via SEA MAIL which takes 6 - 12 weeks with orders usually arriving within 7 weeks.

Overseas orders over 1lb or 12" can be upgraded to Air Mail service but this can be up to double the shipping cost. For most accurate rate, contact us.

Our policy is to refund any overcharge on shipping.

For expedited shipping or any other shipping inquiries, please contact us at info@handworkdepartment.com

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept cancellations

Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase

I don't accept returns or exchanges

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

Returns and exchange details

Due to the nature of vintage items being used, we cannot guarantee that any item will be in perfect working condition. Oftentimes vintage items need a bit more creativity to operate than a brand new item and can have unique quirks like a stiff button, or wiggly latch. We do our best to thoroughly test and describe the condition of every item we sell.
Returns will be handled on a case by case basis.

Legal imprint