We have always considered and collected these commercial masks and helmets as industries tribal art. Examples can be elegant in their simplicity or bazaar and complex. They are always unique, suprising and filled with personality.

Edward P. Martin Wimshurst Influence Machine

Tis 22 inch wide Wimshurst has a unique horizontal look. Its signed Edward P. Martin Company out of Chicago. Bakelite discs are showing their age... $950 The Wimshurst influence machine is an electrostatic generator, a machine for generating high voltages developed between 1880 and 1883 by British inventor James Wimshurst. It has a distinctive appearance with two large contra-rotating discs mounted in a vertical plane, two crossed bars with metallic brushes, and a spark gap formed by two metal spheres.