Georgian Electrostatic Machine Insulating Table Stand


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For sale a rare early Nineteenth Century electrostatic insulation stand.

Comprised of a turned and graduated mahogany base with a lacquered brass collar holding a superb blue glass pillar. It is fixed with a second brass collar which holds a simply turned mahogany top providing a flat surface for the placement of electrostatic machine accessories.

Given the early nature of this example, it would have been manufactured to accompany either a Ramsden or Nairne type electrostatic machine and would have been used to insulate its subject matter from a path to ground.

Sadly, the piece is unnamed so little can be divulged about the maker but nevertheless a super example and a piece of apparatus which is seldom encountered. The glass and the associated woodwork remain in very good condition.

Circa 1810.

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