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Three English luminous discharge tubes

Each glass tube has a spiral of tinfoil spots, which, in the dark, shows a spiral of sparks when charged by the electrical machine. [1] is said to have been demonstrated by Michael Faraday, [2] belongs to the W. & S. Jones's electrostatic kit, while [3] probably dates from the 1860s.

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