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A purple velvet lined case contains , hard wood tube with a cap unscrews from end to reveal a plate with numerous sharp needles. The other end is a rod which can be pulled back activating a spring. When the rod is released the needles thrust forward to perforate the skin. Case also contains a hollow wood rod. The bottle for the oil is missing The top of the case, which is an odd shape has a label “Le Reveilleur de la vie, instrument revulseur bte sgdg. par le dr Lipkau, depot general, 5 rue scribe Paris. Circa 1870. On the end of the instrument next to the cap the work Dr. Lipkau and the letters sgdg are embossed. Measurements 29 x 7 x 5 cm.