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Boyd’s Batteries Collection plus links to more info

Mr_SpudMr_Spud Posts: 3,960 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited May 17, 2023 6:14PM in U.S. Coin Forum

Besides coins, I also collect old medicine bottles, quack medicine devices and old medical and scientific instruments and books about these things. Boyd’s Batteries, a quack medical device from the late 1800s, are often considered to be numismatic tokens similar to So-called dollars so they have double appeal to me.

They were galvanic batteries made by having disks of different metals that created a small electric current when exposed to sweat when worn as a necklace and were touted to be able to cure all kinds of diseases.

Below are pictures of my collection of Boyd’s Batteries and related stuff. And here are some links to websites with even more info on them https://www.wordcraft.net/magneticbattery.html halfway down the page on the next one https://archive.org/stream/tamsjournal27n6toke/tamsjournal27n6toke_djvu.txt

The first 2 are a little smaller than the 3rd and 4th (note- these 2 are the same size, I just shrunk the first one to get some of the chain in the picture).

And the next 2 are a little bit bigger

And here’s one of the controversial competitors ones that was made in Canada

Here’s the pamphlet that came with the Batteries

And here’s the book



  • tincuptincup Posts: 4,665 ✭✭✭✭✭

    " it was with difficulty that the Professor could keep from dancing. " !!

    An interesting item!

    ----- kj
  • winestevenwinesteven Posts: 3,719 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 14, 2023 1:31AM

    I got a “charge” out of reading this! Am I sure? I’m “Positive”!

    It must be time for me to go to my “AA” meeting! But it’s in a bad neighborhood, so I hope I don’t get “jumped”!

    No “Negative” comments please about my reply. 😂


    A day without fine wine and working on your coin collection is like a day without sunshine!!!

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  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It is amazing what the charlatans foisted upon the public in the past. Cheers, RickO

  • fathomfathom Posts: 1,431 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Interesting post. I had not heard of that nonsense or seen those items.

    @winesteven, I would be appreciative of your comment, Butt for your Terminal decline in wordplay.

  • skier07skier07 Posts: 3,522 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @ricko said:
    It is amazing what the charlatans foisted upon the public in the past. Cheers, RickO

    Have things changed that much today?

  • tincuptincup Posts: 4,665 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I was gonna say... plenty of the charlatans around and doing well today!!

    ----- kj
  • alaura22alaura22 Posts: 2,057 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Interesting, I think I will start carrying a battery in my shirt pocket to see if I can "generate" a "spark"

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