Item - Hard to Find Sandow's Own Combined Developer (Improved Model) in Original Box complete with original sprung and weighted hand grips, bungee cords (or rubber strands), foot straps and original 8 Page Instruction Book.The Instruction Book contains the following -
- Inside Cover Picture of Eugen Sandow
- Advertisements for New Grip-Testing Dumb-Bells and "Safety First" Jock Straps
- General Instructions
- x2 Anatomical Muscle Charts
- Instructions & Illustrations of how to set up and use the Combined Developer.
The Combined Developer was produced by Sandow's Health Appliance Company Ltd of 7 Percy Street, London, Circa 1920/30s; Sandow also went on to have works in Burnham, Birmingham, Berlin, Paris and New York.
The Combined Developer was an early form of gym and could be arranged as a Chest Expander, Wall Exerciser and Body Exerciser. This idea was original developed by Alexander Whitely in 1894 using a pulley system...and then in 1897, Alexander Whitely teamed up with Eugen Sandow, considered by many to be the "father of body-building." Sandow acted as an agent and performed demonstrations as he travelled around promoting the product. Sandow then teamed up with Whitely to make a new machine, the Sandow-Whitely Improved Exerciser. But after a year, Sandow quit to start his own rival business in France prior to moving to England. His new product, the Sandow Combined Developer, took out the pulley system and attached removable weights to the handles. Although there is reason to believe that Whitely filed for bankruptcy in 1898, advertisements for the Whitely Exerciser show the device was available for sale well into the 1900s.
This particular set was retailed by Redmayne & Todd of Nottingham, England for 18 shillings and 6 Pence.
Stamps - The Weights are stamped to their ends with the SANDOW name and also PATENT 2.
Construction - Nickel Plated with Steel Springs and red stained wooden handles, Card Box and Instruction Book
Circa - 1920/30s
Dimensions - 6.75" in length
Weight - Dumbbells - 1312 grams, the box, book and other parts weigh 624g...so total weight unpackaged is just under 2 kilogram
Condition - The Weights are in Excellent Used Condition and fully usable complete with all springs. The Card Box & Instruction Book are in Very Good Used Condition, though the box has a split to the top, old repair to the base and rubbing... the bungee cords (rubber strands) have been well used over the years so leaving them stretched and unusable apart from for display ...due to the age of these cords we recommend that you replace if intending to use daily as an exerciser (please refer to photos)
Other Interesting Points - Eugen Sandow (April 2, 1867 – October 14, 1925), born Friederich Wilhelm Müller, was a pioneering body-builder of the Victorian era and is often referred to as the "Father of Modern Body-building". For More Information on Sandow, the Weights & Exercises...please visit here.
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