Seller: benmorris (3,614) 100%, Location: Florence, Mississippi, Ships to: US, Item: 303273806203 This listing is for an Antique “Actina” medical device invented by W C Wilson and patented May 11, 1886 under Pat #341,712. I’ve only had 2 of these in the last 20+ years of collecting and picking, and the other I had wasn’t in near as good a condition as this one is. Even after much research and online searching I’ve yet to find one that is in as good of a condition as the one here I’m selling. The device is roughly 3.25” tall with working screw tops on both ends. Below you can read the specifics on this miracle device, and the uses for each screw top. I’ll also add that by the turn of the century the Actina was being sold for $10, which for that time was an enormous amount of money considering the average Mans pay for an entire weeks work was around $10. Supposedly one end cured eye ailments, the other ear troubles, and the both worked simultaneously to cure a variety of irritable illnesses. The principal medicinal ingredients were housed inside the cylinder: oil of mustard, oil of sassafras, belladonna extract, ether, amyl nitrate, and even the alkaloid atropine. The vapor from these ingredients could open up deposits in the ear and eye that were causing disease(s). One of the earliest advertisements for the Actina appeared in an 1885 issue of Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly. Declaring the device the “Wonder of the 19th Century,” the advertisement promised a cure for cataracts, catarrh, as well as scores of other eye and ear diseases. Advertisements assured prospective consumers that the device was trademarked and that a patent was applied. Wilson, re-branding himself as “Professor,” though he had no medical training or qualifications, eventually relocated once again, this time to Kansas City in 1890. There, he renamed the company as “N.Y. & London Electric Association” and energetically advertised the Actina out of his large office. The device was a marvelous “pocket battery,” an “electric battery” and an “ozone battery,” that could serve both the young and the old. In addition to deafness and blindness, the Actina could cure a host of ailments, including hay-fever, headaches, and neuralgia. Wilson associated the device to the wonder of electricity, as the rims of the device were zinc and copper-plated; supposedly, the combination of these two metals caused a “bi-metallic” reaction, thus invoking a galvanic treatment. CLICK HERE TO VIEW MY OTHER ITEMS FOR SALE ILL BE HAPPY TO COMBINE SHIPPING Terms & Payment Thanks for looking and/or bidding on my listing/auction. Please keep in mind that almost all of my items are used and/or vintage items from estate sales, flea markets, auctions, or picks in the South East part of the US. A majority of the items I sell are lightly cleaned. A few items I sell just as I found them; Either case, they may have minor surface dents, scratches, or dings. I attempt to describe the items as accurately as possible and try to highlight what I believe to be the most critical aspects. Items are as described above. The items are better illustrated in the accompanied photos. I take many pictures of each item from all angles. Be sure to inspect them all; zoom in for the details- as they better serve to complete my description. All items are selling as is, as shown. Please pay within (3) days to avoid an automated eBay unpaid item claim. I welcome questions and encourage you to message me with any you may have before bidding. I’ll also be happy to take and send more specific pictures if you let me know exactly what you would like to see better. Shipping I ship within 24 hours of receiving payment unless there are rare and unusual circumstances. I most often use Priority Mail to speed up delivery of your item, but I also use First Class and Media Mail to save on shipping costs. If there is a Flat Rate price listed it applies only to the lower 48 states. However, I ship worldwide and will be happy to quote any shipping price. Thanks again for checking out my listing/auction, and if you have time scroll through the items in my store! Actina Medical Quack Device W C Wilson Inventor Pat May 11 1886 Miraculous Cond.