Branston Violet Ray Generator #2006-11


Branston Violet Ray High Frequency Generator, consisting of a 30.2 cm long Bakelite handle, 4 cm. in diameter, with a 170 cm. line cord at one end, and a socket at the other into which a sealed glass tube, 1.2 cm. in diameter is inserted, the end of the tube terminating, at right angles, in a flattened bulb, 5 cm. in diameter. Handle marked "PAT APP FOR REGD 1921."

The device is essentially a Tesla coil feeding a tempered glass electrode, charged with an inert gas, probably argon, at low pressure. The cautions against scalp treatment while wearing hair tonic with a 40% alcohol content, and inserting or removing an electrode from a body orfice while power is on, are well founded.

An enclosed card states the device was approved by the Hydro Power Commission of Ontario on 17 March 1920. That approval covered Branston's models 5B, 7, 9, 12, 25, 27 and 29 generators from the Chas. A. Branston Co., 355 Yonge Street, Toronto.

Charles Branston manufactured radios at Buffalo, New York, in the early 1900s, and appears to have maintained that operation at least as late as 1926. When he began his operations in Toronto is unknown, but in a Canadian patent application (#200714) for a vibrator for high frequency electro-medical apparatus, dated September, 1919, he stated he was "of the City of Toronto." A further patent application (#217323), in March, 1921, patent issued 1922, shows the owner as The Charles A. Branston Company.

The label on the Branston Junior, illustrated above, shows the corporate name as Chas. A. Branston, Limited, indicating manufacture at some time after 1922. Further research may discover the date of incorporation, or produce better evidence of the date of manufacture of this device.

Branston's claims were similar to those of other Violet Ray makers. Treatments are given for over a hundred ailments, ranging from abscess through appendicitis, colitis, diabetes, glaucoma, gonorrhoea, haemmorrhoids, impotence, laryngitis, mumps, pyorrhea, tuberculosis, ulcers, wrinkles and even writer's cramp.

In addition to the general electrode illustrated above, Branston offered a variety of electrodes, shaped according to purpose, including internal and external throat electrodes, single and double-eye, nasal, penis, vaginal, rectal, urethral, dental, etc.