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Scott Martin
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Electric Jewelry
February 1879
pg 214

A Novel application of electricity has recently been made in France. Some ingenious person has applied this mysterious power to the production of some novel effects in jewelry. The accompanying illustration shows some of these. The bird in the center is an ornament for a lady’s head-dress. It is profusely studded with diamonds, and by the application of electricity,which the lady carries concealed about her person, the wings are made to flutter, and the head to turn, producing a novel and surprising effect. One of these was made for the Princess de Metternich. The skull exhibited in the illustration, is made for a scarf pin, and is so constructed that the application of electricity causes the jaws to open and the sightless eyes to move in their sockets. The rabbit is also a scarf pin, and is made to beat upon the drum in front of it at the whim of the wearer. But the curious part of the invention is the battery by which these objects are put in motion. Each of them is attached to an invisible wire, easily concealed in the garments or the hair, the other end of which is connected with a minute battery. This apparatus is not bigger than a pencil-case, and can be easily carried unseen in the waistcoat pocket. It consists of a tube hermetically sealed, containing in the upper half a pile composed of zinc and carbon enclosed in a case of hardened India-rubber (ebonite). The zinc and the carbon only occupy the upper portion of the tube, the lower containing the exciting liquid. So long as the tube is kept in a perpendicular position the pile is not reached by the liquid, and consequently no action takes place. But the moment it is placed horizontally, the acid acts on the pile, and a circuit is established which sets the movable parts in action. Thus the wearer has only to vary the position of the tube to produce the motion or stop it at pleasure. The extent to which novelties in this line can be carried can be readily conceived. We do not apprehend, however, that electrical jewelry will ever become the rage in this country. A few curious persons may desire samples as rare curiosities, but ladies of a nervous temperament will scarcely care to go about with a galvanic battery concealed about them, even though it be a miniature affair. Figure 2 in our illustration gives an idea of the mechanism of this kind of jewelry.

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June Martin
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That's cool. Would love to find a piece.

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Paul Lemieux

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Fantastic! I saw a reference to electric jewelry once but never could find an illustration. Thanks for posting. Would also love to find a piece!

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Zowie! Speaking as a lady of nervous temperament, I would just as soon wear that chattering electrical skull than carry a phone everywhere...

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