When we popped to see Mum and Dad a couple of days prior to Ma’s birthday they were in the midst of a garage clear-out. One of the things being cleared out was an intriguing boxed instrument called a Revealer. After scouring a sparsely populated internet about the subject it turns out to be a rather magnificent solution to dowsing, a subject I have at least dabbled with in the past. I suspect this one was originally used to seek out pipes and things rather than the ley lines I was seeking, though!
I duly took it away to find out more about it – I found the British Society of Dowsers forum and posted on there, as they had discussed Revealers in the past. I was greeted with the news that as a possessor of an original set of instructions that probably made me the expert on the forum regarding this particular device. D’oh! So I’ve scanned in those instructions (well, I’ve used my phone to made a PDF file of them using the camera) and included a link below.
The ‘Water Detection’ Paragraph is a bit damaged by a tear – so I’ve typed out the details of that section here – I had wondered what the corked glass tubes were for in the box, mystery solved! The small metal ring that just fits over the cylinders remains a mystery, though.
When the operator approaches the water course, the indicator rods will move towards each other as in figures 1 and 2 of the general operating instructions. The rods will begin to move outwards, as in figure 7, when the operator is quite close to the position of the water, and when they are fully extended the operator is directly over the point of location. Water is identified by holding a tube full of water and the void sample on the mineral bracket to the right-hand detector cylinder. The presence of water in pipes cannot be detected.
I’m quite tempted to give it a road test when I get the chance to see whether it works or not – I’m particularly intrigued by the mineral bracket – which looks like a hand-guard that fits over the right hand cylinder. Basically upon detecting something if you return to that spot gripping one of the minerals on the bracket (they’re on an elasticated type fitting) then the detection shouldn’t ‘work’ – helping you work out the composition of whatever it is you have detected.
Here’s ‘The Revealer’ in all its’ glory, which was proudly distributed by J. C. Oliver (Leeds) Limited. Indeed, they were the sole distributor. They had clearly moved premises around the time this one was made as there’s an amendment to their address on the instructions – it might help date it, if anyone out there knows when they moved from 28 York Place to David Little House. Whenever it was, they didn’t have postcodes and phone numbers only had five digits!
And here is a link to the instructions in PDF form.