Quack Devices

Overview of These Antiques: They heyday of Radium saw numerous quack medical devices appear on the market. Infused with a small amount of Radium, these these devices promised numerous cure-all benefits to users in the early 1900’s. The devices below do not provide any medicinal or health benefit whatsoever, and indeed being radioactive they should not be used for these purposes. Rather, they are for collectors of early medical devices who are interested in this bygone era of Radium.

Set of Seven Radio-Rem Emanators (Version C) 


Set of Seven Radio-Rem Emanators (Version C)

Description: These emanators contain a ceramic rod or stick that is infused with Radium Sulphate. The device was designed to release Radon gas into water.  The instructions were to fill the bottles with water and leave them to charge over a four day period. After four days, the user was instructed to drink one bottle in the morning and drink a second in the afternoon. More information on this device can be found at Oak Ridge Associates Universities. The spectrometer shows the presence of Ra-226 in the rods, measured through the glass.

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Extremely Rare Antique Radioactive Solar Pad Kit

Extremely Rare Antique Radioactive Solar Pad Kit

Description: This 1920’s kit features the solar pad, the original box, guarantee, and radiograph photo created by the device. A quack device from the heydays of Radium, it is slightly radioactive. The kit also includes an incredible amount of additional documentation including:  typed letters from the company to the buyer, a receipt, hand written notes, signed guarantees, and other documentation

Surface Radioactivity: 9000 CPM and 2.5 mR/hr with a Ludlum Model 3 and 44-9 probe.

Price: $800 Shipping: $20 No international shipping.

Antique "Radium Ore" Revigator



Antique "Radium Ore" Revigator

Description: Very rare Radium Ore Revigator in superb condition from the early 1900's. The Revigator was patented in 1912 by R. W. Thomas, by the Radium Ore Revigator Co. of San Francisco, CA. According to instructions printed on the Revigator and the 30 page instruction manual, the user was supposed to fill with water overnight. The water would be irradiated by the uranium and radium in the liner (which was made with the Uranium mineral Carnotite), and then was to be consumed the next day. Marketed as a health device, in addition to Radon, the water also contained arsenic, lead, vanadium, and uranium - all of which were in the liner. Therefore it was not a good idea to drink water from the Revigator.

We recently photographed the old Revigator building in San Francisco, which is now vacant and run down. However, in its heyday, this was a successful company. The Revigator is 12" tall and 9" in diameter. It weighs about 10 pounds. As shown in the photo, this is an exceptionally active Revigator with interior measurements show almost 100,000 CPM and 25 mR/hr.

Price: $1000 Shipping: $50 No international shipping. 

Antique, Unopened Radioactive Tho-Radia Facial Powder





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Antique, Unopened Radioactive Tho-Radia Facial Powder

Description: This 1930’s makeup facial powder kit was made with a small amount of Thorium and Radium as the name implies. This extremely rare, unopened container, does indeed show Alpha activity, as would be expected based upon the contents. These are very hard to find at all, not to mention in unused condition. Not recommended for actual use

Surface Radioactivity: 100 CPM Alpha with a Ludlum Model 3 and 43-1 probe at surface of case. This reading is coming from a slight amount of the powder dust that is on the outside of the unopened case. When opened, readings would likely be much higher. 

Price: $1000 Shipping: $20 No international shipping. (promotional poster shown in last photo not included)

Beautiful Antique Durofrequenz Belt

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Beautiful Antique Durofrequenz Belt

Description: This device is essentially a Violet Ray belt complete with incredibly rare Aeona radium electrodes. The neon fill will glow at a small distance from a high frequency device as shown in the last photo. This device was manufactured in the early 1930s in Germany. Similar to vest above, this belt was to be worn to imbue the beneficial effects of Radium. The instruction manual is also shown.

Translation to English: The inside of the box literally says “Before the turning on of the current request / ask I in any case the belt such fastened, that the electrode tightly on the body lies. Figuratively it says "Before turning on the current, I request that you absolutely ensure that the belt is fastened in such way, that the electrode is in tight contact with the body." The cover of the manual says "Attachable multi-electrodes for high-frequency [continuous / prolonged] treatment."

Surface Radioactivity: Each pod measures 56,000 CPM and 17 mR/hr with a Ludlum Model 3 and 44-9 probe.

Price: $1,500 Shipping: $20 No international shipping

Large Aeona Condensor Electrode

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Large Aeona Condensor Electrode

Description: Another beautiful example of this innovative antique Radium technology. This individual unit is a larger version of the ones in the belt, with more Radium electrodes embedded in the hand-blown glass. 

Surface Radioactivity: 58,000 CPM and 17 mR/hr with a Ludlum Model 3 and 44-9 probe.

Price: $1,000 Shipping: $20 No international shipping.

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