Two Perkins 'tractors', late 18th century.
2 8 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 20cm

Two Perkins 'tractors', late 18th century.

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Elisha Perkins (1741-1799) invented these pairs of metal rods or 'tractors', one silver and one bras, which he claimed would draw out pains from anywhere in the body and could treat conditions such as numbnes, muscle weaknes, and gout.

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