Are we missing something ?
I have copied an excerpt from a newspaper article printed in 1886 by the Cincinnati Commercial Gazette.
" Some months later the Cincinnati reporter was invited to Cook’s shop where he had to sign an agreement not to reveal the secrets he was to witness.
The writer noted that Cook worked in a stable with a horse in the next room, and continued, “The machine was rudely constructed for Mr. Cook made it all himself with a few old tools that had done too much service already. Parts of it were made of wood and the whole was put together in a not very artistic manner.”
“I tested the current in several ways and found it very powerful. Having made electricity somewhat of a study, I was surprised at the simplicity of many of the principles. The manner in which he expects to get the results is theoretically correct and there is no mechanical difficulty which he has not already overcome.”
“After examining this machine carefully in all its parts I was conducted to an adjoining room where, on a table, sat a smaller model of more accurate make. It contained a much better arrangement of the parts, and from what he showed me I am compelled to believe all that Mr. Cook had told me.” "
By now I think most who have studied this patent, the pairs of coils were probably bought from Davis's.
The reporter mentions machine, obviously there's more to the device than the patent drawing shows.
So, what if we were to put an interrupter in the circuit ? A simple attracted armature that oscillates between the two coils. Rather like the old telephone bell ringer but substitute the bells for contacts ?
Just a thought that occurred to me the other day after reading another article on D McF Cook's flying machine.
Nanny state ? Left at the gate !!