“Unusual Scientific Machine”

Spotted on a table of old instruments while wandering around London’s Portobello Road market two Sundays ago.

(Click for a larger view.)

I found the labelling amusing.

Any idea what this might be?

-cvj

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7 Responses to “Unusual Scientific Machine”

  1. SMQ says:

    Looks like it’s a Barlow Wheel: an early electric motor.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barlow%27s_wheel

    –SMQ

  2. Paolo says:

    Portobello

  3. Clifford says:

    Thank you!

    -cvj

  4. SMQ says:

    (seems my original comment is stuck in the spam queue due to a Wikipedia link…)

    Looks like it’s a Barlow (or Barlow’s) Wheel: a simple kind of electric motor used mostly for demonstration purposes. The stellation of the wheel is just so that rotation can be easily observed; a simple disc would function as well.

    –SMQ

  5. Clifford says:

    Hi SMQ – thanks for your comments! (I restored the original one from the spam bin once you mentioned it was there…. so people have the link.)

    Cheers!

    -cvj

  6. Houston says:

    Not sure about electric motor but looks interested for sure.

    cheers

  7. Andrii says:

    My first instinct was that it is a telescope 🙂