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Item #

A3042

1878 Boyd’s Quack Battery Cure & Ad Card#4

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Price $

225

This is the rare and famous Boyd’s Battery Pendent, consisting of a series of discs made of copper, brass, nickel & other metals that claimed with the electrical positive & negative charges will cure all diseases.  Included is a seldom found trade card that Boyd used to advertise his quack device.  This is an original advertising card, Not a reproduction).   The battery was to be worn around the neck to cure nearly all diseases, especially various rheumatic conditions.  J.C. Boyd of New York patented his device in London on January 17, 1878.  Dr. Boyd’s 1878 advertised claim was “The Blood is the Life.  An astounding discovery”,  “Accomplished at Last, The efficiency of electricity”,  “For all diseases wear the Battery around the neck”.  He once published an inch-thick book on his galvanic battery made up entirely of testimonials.  Condition: very good. Size: 1 1/4 inch in diameter.  Original Advertisement Card is 4” x 3”.  This is a rare treasure that will highlight any collection of old medical equipment of 125+ years ago.

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