A metal cylinder with paddles on opposite sides. The paddles can move left or right of the central position. There is a handle on top. A 1.5m long power cord protrudes from the bottom.
Accession Number: 2009.ph.23
Primary Materials: Metal, Rubber
On the side there is a label “Volts 110 Cycles 25 Watts 150 Serial No. 1005 H.E.P.C / Approval No. 1014 / Use only with wall or base receptacle”.
Dimensions (cm): Height = 12cm, Diameter = 16.5
Manufactured by a company that also manufactured dental apparatus, this is a motor designed to be controlled by the feet.
Condition: Fair. Parts of the metal are rusted.
National Refining Co. Ltd. Toronto Canada
Date of Manufacture: c. 1930s
University of Toronto Department of Physics
Compare with similar object, also made the National Refining Company, at the Canadian Science and Technology Museum: <a href=http://techno-science.ca/en/collection-research/collection-item.php?id=1992.2086.001>Foot-Operated Motor.</a>