Antique Oak Baby Daisy No. 1 Mechanical Vacuum Cleaner - 1890

The Baby Daisy No. 1 was a hand-operated mechanical vacuum cleaner made in Britain in 1890. It has a reciprocating bellows hand-operated by a long handle to create a vacuum and suck up dust, quite a revolutionary piece of household equipment in its day. It was a lumbering apparatus that took two persons to operate it, one to work the bellows and the other to do the cleaning using an assortment of nozzles. Both persons would have had to take turns as operating the bellows must have been very tiring! Designed in France and built in England at about the same time as the electric vacuum, the baby daisy was a manual powered device so there was no need for electricity or fear of electrocution. This movement was a key design feature as it has a double connected bellows, meaning that movement in either direction created a vacuum. Dust and dirt was collected in a cotton bag within the machine. While the vacuum required two people to operate and had limited suction power, it was far better than using a broom to clean dust and dirt from carpets and rugs. The only #1 that I have found are in museums and are not for sale. The Bellows has been repaired (see photos) This is a display piece no hose or attachments. This is your chance to own a museum piece.

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