George Sagendorph

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G. A. Sagendorph
Sagendorph's Battery - 1880-01-17.jpg

1880 newspaper ad. for the Sagendorph Battery.

Born 25 July 1821(1821-07-25) 
Claverack, Columbia, New York
Died 20 January 1895 (73) [1]
Jersey City, New Jersey
Burial Claverack Dutch Reformed Churchyard, Claverack, New York [1]
Nationality American
Known for Sagendorph's Battery
Spouse(s) Sarah (Greene)

George Adam Sagendorph (July 25, 1821 - January 20, 1895) was an American jeweler and watch-case maker, notable for his Sagendorph Battery medical medallion.


Sagendorph began his career in Rhode Island before taking up business in New York in the mid-1860s, where he became involved with the "New York Petroleum Prize Company", a gift enterprise scam[2] (of which he was a Director and Treasurer),[3] and "G.A. Sagendorph & Co.", a mail-order vendor of cash-on-delivery watches represented in advertising as being imported from the "Geneva Royal Gold Watch Company"[4] (a fraud identical with the Elias' "Geneva Watch Company" swindle), and later the Sagendorph Battery.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Grave marker of George A. Sagendorph ( b. July 25, 1821; d. Jan. 20, 1895
  2. The Rogues and Rogueries of New York. New York: Excelsior Publishing House. 1865. p. 119-120.;view=1up;seq=117.  ["A large store, No. 9 Fulton street, was taken, fitted up in rather handsome style, and a liberal stock of mock jewelry, plated ware, etc., displayed. The scamps engaged in this swindle style themselves the "New York Petroleum Prize Company," ("Capital $125,000 - Working Capital $20,000,") and propose to give any one a share in valuable oil territory and a gift for one dollar..."]
  3. "GOLD, SILVER AND OIL! Oil Shares and Presents for the Million... Prospectus of the New York Petroleum Prize Co.". Daily Pittsburgh Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania): p. 2. 1865-10-14.,3750537&hl=en.  [Notice gives Sagendorph's profession as watch case maker from Providence, R.I., lists him as a Director and Treasurer.]
  4. "ROYAL GOLD WATCHES AND CHAINS - A wonderful and useful invention.". Lake Charles Echo (Lake Charles, Louisiana): p. 3. 1876-06-01.  ["The Geneva Royal Gold Watch Company have appointed Sagendorph & Co., Jewelers, sole agents in the United States, for the sale of their Watches and Chains."]