1878-79 Boyd’s Battery, J.C. Boyd, New York, NY


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This is electro-therapeutic medical medallion also known as Boyd’s Miniature Galvanic Battery.  These discs of mixed copper and brass were meant to be worn on a necklace against the skin close to one’s heart.  The medallion was said to produce a gentle electric reaction with the body that could cure a host of ailments from restlessness and melancholy to dizziness and blood problems.  It is a wonderful piece of 19th century quackery!  Rulau NY-NY33.Boyd

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