May 11, 2009 08:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


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Radium Ore Revigator Stoneware Water Cooler,

a fine piece of early 20th century medical quackery. This was probably the most popular device developed in the United States to add radon to drinking water. The jar itself was lined with radium-containing ore and was glazed on the outside and porous on the inside. Water inside the jar would absorb the radon released by decay of the radium. Depending on the type of water, the resulting radon concentrations would range from a few hundred to a few hundred thousand picocuries per liter. The jar itself stands 12" tall and includes its original lid and water spout. Front reads Radium Ore Revigator. PATD. 7-16-12 Trade Mark. The Radium Ore Revigator Co. Revigator Building San Francisco. Cal.. On each side are printed instructions advising the user to fill the jar every night and drink at least six cups daily.

Condition:Minor repair to spout, otherwise very good condition.

Estimate: $250 - $500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$53
05/12/2009

 

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