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Scientific, Instrument, Physics, Electricity, Tesla Coil, Vintage, Italy, Early 20th Century

Tesla Coil High Tension Transformer
Produzione Scientifica Paravia, Torino, Italy: Early 20th Century
Mixed metals and wires, on wooden base
16 inches high
10.75 x 8.5 inch, wooden base

This is offered primarily for prop rentals, but also available for purchase.

A Tesla coil, of typical form, with primary and secondary coil, on wooden base with electrical posts, supported by 3 glass insulator feet. The Tesla coil was invented by Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) and transforms energy into high-voltage charges, creating powerful electrical fields. It consists of a primary coil surrounding a narrower secondary coil, each with its own capacitor. The system is powered by a separate high-energy source and a transformer.  The device is also referred to sometimes as being “after” Elster-Geitel, for two German physicists, Julius Elster (1854-1920) and Hans Geitel (1855-1923) who contributed to the further development of it. This particular model would have been used for classroom demonstrations in physics and electrical engineering laboratories.

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G.B. Paravia & Cia. was founded by Giovanni Battista Paravia in Turin, Italy, in 1802. During the 20th century it was a producer of textbooks, materials and demonstration devices for the teaching of experimental science. In 2000, the company merged with Edizioni Scholastiche Bruno Mondadori of Milan, and in 2007 merged with the publisher Pearson. Today the company is known as Pearson Italia.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall wear, handling, oxidation of metal.


“Pearson in Italia.” Pearson Italia. 2012. (26 March 2018).

“Storia della Casa Editrice Paravia.” Edizioni Scolastiche Paravia. (18 December 2002).