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Artifact no.
2002.0538.001
Model
I Radium Water
Manufacturer
Radium Health Products of Canada
Manufacturer Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Manufactured Date
Circa 1920
Context Function
Probably designed to contain and store water being treated with radium, for drinking.
Context Technical
Device popularized in 1920 -1930s as means of imparting "curative" properties of radon/radioactivity to drinking water for home/private consumption. Because radon cannot remain in water for any length of time before breaking down or escaping, jars like these were promoted as a means of 'making' radon-enriched water for drinking. The radon produced by the disk (.3) would dissolve overnight in the water filled jar.
Context Canada
Made in Toronto, Ont. by Radium Health Products of Canada. Typical of containers designed, manufactured, sold and used in Canada for this purpose in 1920-1930s.
Description
earthenware; stainless steel (?)
Number of Parts
3
Artifact Finish
Beige-colour glazed earthenware jar has silver metal (stainless steel ?] spout. Underside of jar (base) is not glazed.
Artifact Markings
"I/ RADIUM/ WATER" and "RADIUM HEATH PRODUCTS/ OF CANADA/ TORONTO, - ONT." printed in black ink on jar front. " TRADE-MARK/ "C & H"/ N.Y./ PAT'D MAR. 21-1911/ PAT'D SEPT. 4- 1917" incised in spout. UHN catalogue no. "998.6.1" printed by hand in black ink along lower rear edge of jar.
Artifact Missing
None.
Group 1
Medical Technology
Category 1
Pharmacology
Subcategory 1
Storage containers
Group 2
Medical Technology
Category 2
Radiology
Subcategory 2
Miscellaneous
Group 3
Medical Technology
Category 3
Miscellaneous
Material
ceramic->earthenware;metal->stainless steel - possible
Length
28.0 cm
Width
19.0 cm