Radium Ore Revigator


Ceramic jar with uranium and radium in the liner. In use, the jar would be filled with water and left overnight, and the irradiated water would be consumed the next day. The inscription on this example reads “THE / RADIUM ORE REVIGATOR CO. / 260 CALIFORNIA ST. / SAN FRANCISCO, CA.” That on the lid reads “REVIGATOR / RADIUM ORE / PATS 7-16-12.” The referenced patent was issued to Curt Schmidt, a subject of the German Emperor and works director of Alum Works, near Freienwalde on-the-Oder, Germany.

Ref: Curt Schmidt, "Radio-Active Material,” U.S. Patent 1,032,951 (July 16, 1912).

Advertisement for “Radium Jars / Thomas” in Los Angeles Times (Dec. 10, 1924), p. A8.

Advertisement for the Radium Ore Revigator Co. in Los Angeles Times (June 16, 1925), p. A7.

Patent Date: 16-07-1912

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of the American College of Radiology

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1978.0435.122Accession Number: 1978.0435Catalog Number: 1978.0435.122Collector/Donor Number: 3700

Object Name: medication jarx-ray equipment

Measurements: overall: 31 cm x 33 cm; 12 7/32 in x 13 inoverall: 12 in x 9 1/4 in; 30.48 cm x 23.495 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-840e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1802670

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