Quack Radioactive Devices

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

Burnett Radioactive Cone

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Burnett Radioactive Cone

Description: This device is an emanator. It was to be placed in water, usually 1-2 gallons, to “infuse" the water with radon, a radioactive gas.

Surface Radioactivity: Approximately 10,000 CPM with a Ludlum Model 3 and 44-9 probe at every point along the cones surface.

Price: $800 Shipping: $25 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.

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.

Not for sale

Picnic Version of the Revigator





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Picnic Version of the Revigator

Description: Extremely rare “on-the-go” Revigator - picnic size! Fully intact, with all original materials including the outer metal carrying case. About 20,000 CPM with a 44-3 detector at the mouth of the Revigator (as opposed to inside the Revigator above). 

Price: $1000 Shipping: $25

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