Rare Vintage 1920s Radithor Certified Radioactive Water Medicine Bottle Radium

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Seller: bygonetimesvintage (3,665) 100%, Location: Omaha, Nebraska, Ships to: US, Item: 264467959383 This old medicine bottle previously contained Radithor Certified Radioactive Water. The water was infused with Radium and Mesothorium in the belief that radioactive elements were healthy for you. Radithor was manufactured from 1918 to 1928, and this bottle dates to the same period of time. The bottle retains its original cork stopper. "Quack" medicine was popular in the late 1800s - early 1900s, and this is likely one of the worst ever produced. Radithor was billed as "cure for the living dead" and "perpetual sunshine". The "medicine" was made by Bailey Radium Laboratories of East Orange, New Jersey. There is an account of a wealthy American socialite who died from Radithor radium poisoning and was buried in a lead-lined coffin. The body was exhumed decades later, and the remains were still highly radioactive. The bottle stands about 2.125", not including the cork, and is about 1.25" in diameter. This item is in Fair Condition. The bottle was stored in a box for decades. The paper label has rub losses and chipping along the edges. There are no chips or cracks in the bottle, and it retains its original cork. I have had questions regarding the authenticity of this bottle. Here is the back story: I stumbled upon a box of 20 or so of these bottles several years back at a local outdoor antiques market. The first bottle I sold went to the USGA Museum in Liberty Corner, NJ. The black, cardboard-type box was sectioned to hold 30 bottles, perhaps a month's supply. The box is correct for the period, and I believe it was built to hold these bottles. Many of the bottles have rub marks from decades spent in the box. In short, I am nearly certain these are authentic originals, rather than reproductions. I base this on the box and the condition of the bottles in box. If you'd like to see photographs of the box, please message me and I'll be happy to send them along. Condition: This item is in Fair Condition. The bottle was stored in a box for decades. The paper label has rub losses and chipping along the edges. There are no chips or cracks in the bottle, and it retains its original cork.

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