Simple Cold Cathode X-ray Tube (1900-1905)
This is a very simple bi-anode x-ray tube. Simplicity is good - it is a hallmark of most early x-ray tubes.
Unfortunately, there is nothing about the tube that would help identify the manufacturer, the only marking is the number 7853 etched on the glass arm. Tubes of this design were produced by many different manufacturers, and it wasn't that common for the manufacturer's name or logo to be etched on the tube - at least until 1910 or so. Indeed, some manufacturers never put identifying marks on their tubes.
In a 1910 catalog, the Gundelach company indicated that a tube of this type was suitable for medical work. And by medical work, they meant either therapy or diagnosis (imaging) - tubes produced at this time period were rarely specialized. Later Gundelach catalogs stated that such a tube was for use in schools. Either way, if it was to be used for serious work, an x-ray tube needed a regulator.
Size: ca. 8.5" long and 3" diameter.
Ronne, P. and Nielsen, A.B.W. Development of the Ion X-ray Tube. 1986.
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