Late Victorian Magneto Galvanic Battery Medallion

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

AGE: c. 1890

SIZE: 1 5/8" medallion, 18" chain.

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 drove home the healing qualities of this batshit crazy device, originally patented in December 1879.