Some things in life , some products in life, you just have to see to believe! This is a great piece of QUACK medicine. It may be an even better piece of advertising. As you read the ”instructions” you will see what I mean. If you want to read the instructions just scroll down.
The item is called an ”ikriki’‘. This is onomatopoeia – or the sound of something that has been turned into a word. In english it would be ”cock a doodle do”. Although the item appears to be Japanese in origin, the ”ikriki” sound appears to be the closest to the German (In German it’s: kikeriki) sound or the Italian sound (Italian: chicchirichì (pron. kikkiriˈki)). Or perhaps Spanish (In Spanish it’s: quiquiriquí).
The item itself is about two inches long and hangs on a string. It comes in a nice red box with a rooster on the front and the name ”ikriki”. It has the directions on the back of the box. In theory you hold the ”ikriki” still over an egg and it tells you if it is a hen or a rooster or neutral. But if you read on you will see it gets really good with the claims on the instructions.
Here are the Directions:
“Apparatus is a scientific passtime for everybody. Any animal, small or large, dead or alive, as well as their products, such as milk, butter , raw or boiled meat, etc can be tested with this apparatus. With objects, such as leather bags, pocket-books, gloves, mother of pearl, and bone-buttons, mussels, etc. It can be ascertained whether they come from masculine or feminin animals.
The apparatus is of great interest to scholars and zoologists to apply the same to butterflies, bugs, worms, vaterpillars, etc.
When digging up human or animal remnants such as bones, theeth , hair, feathers, etc. the apparatus will determine the sex.
With this apparatus various experiments can be managed. Lay a man or lady-photo upon a table and hold the apparatus there above so by man-photos pendeling motions and by lady photos circular ones will arise.
If holding the apparatus betwenn two fingers but not above the hand and calling the name of any acquainted person the a apparatus will pendel by male and circulate by a female one.
Also ghosts can be called to in naming a deceased one. In case a male person pendeling and a female one circulating motions will arise.
So you may find various matters for much still lays hidden that can be discovered.
The effects of the egg-tester and dividing-rod are based on similar, secret magnetic influences.
“Sex-indicator and egg-tester.
The egg-tester is used for testing eggs before they are used for hatching. Place the egg upon the table, take the cord of the egg-tester between thumb and forefinger, rest your elbow upon the table and hold the apparatus about 5mm above the egg. In about 1/2 a minute pendeling motions will appear in case of a masculine egg, circular motions if feminine and none at all, if the egg is sterling, as shown b the illustrations. To test the effect of the apparatus, place your hand upon the table and hold the apparatus over the same as above described and the same motions will be observed.
The apparatus is indispensable for every household, as sterile eggs can be preserved much longer as others.
Protected by patent-law! apparatus elegantix made and in fine case.”