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Late Victorian Magneto Galvanic Battery Medallion


It's a Victorian quack medicine device called "Richardson’s Magneto Galvanic Battery”. Read the ad that we dug up: "Have you neuralgia, dyspepsia, bilious affections! Is your liver torpid! Has excesses (sic) injured your health!" This disc-like device will infuse "electricity" into your system through perspiration, apparently, causing miraculous and rapid wellness. Beware of worthless imitations. Lightning bolts are engraved on the center - this must have drove home the healing qualities. Completely insane. Originally patented in December 1879.


  • Materials

    nickel, zinc, copper and brass, new sterling silver chain

  • Age

    c. 1890

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    1 5/8" medallion, 18" chain

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Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.