993.1281.1: Revigator, c. 1920

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993.1281.1: Revigator.
Image No. 2769 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Radium Ore Revigator. Ceramic jar with cork stoppered hole for tap [missing] lined with uranium and radium ore. Details of manufacturer, description and instructions of use printed on surface under glaze. Directions given on side of jar - '1. Fill jar every night 2. Use hydrant or any good water 3. Drink freely when thirsty and upon arising and retiring. Average six or more glasses daily. Scrub with stiff brush and scald monthly'. Lid missing.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.1281.1
Collection: Radiomedicine
Date: c. 1920

Object Dimensions

  • Height: 22 cm
  • Diameter: 25 cm

Object Parts

Object Materials

  • ceramic,
  • cork,
  • glaze

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Radium Ore Revigator Co.
  • Patent Country: USPatent Date: 1912-07-16
  • History of Use: The Revigator was intended to be filled with water overnight, which would be irradiated by the uranium and radium in the liner, and then consumed the next day. This was marketed as a healthy practice which could prevent illnesses including arthritis, flatulence, and senility.