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Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by RobertB, Aug 5, 2020.

  1. RobertB

    RobertB New Member

    hi there
    i opened a silver case today to find a strange little package inside.
    the ampoule has a yellow liquid in it and the wadding has some undecipherable writing on it.
    can anybody please help identify what it is ?
    thanks in advance !


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  2. terry5732

    terry5732 Well-Known Member

    ammonium carbonate
  3. RobertB

    RobertB New Member

    thanks for the help, do you know when it would date from ?
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  4. i need help

    i need help Moderator Moderator

    Clear photos of the Maker marks will date it.
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  5. RobertB

    RobertB New Member

    the silver case dates fom 1898, maker H.W.Ld for Henry Williamson, but i didn't think the 2 things started life off together
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  6. bercrystal

    bercrystal Well-Known Member

    With the ring at the bottom, it could have originally been part of a chatelaine. It would have been quick access for a lady's fainting spells.
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  7. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    So is it smelling salts from the times when ladies would feel faint instead of taking up the bricklaying trade?
  8. Gus Tuason

    Gus Tuason Well-Known Member

    Definitely smelling salts. The vial would not be separated from its cloth/ cotton cocoon but easily crushed within the cocoon with the contents entering the cotton. bercrystal and RobertB are right on.
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  9. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

  10. Gus Tuason

    Gus Tuason Well-Known Member

    If I remember correctly, I have seen similar cases that originally held telescoping cigarette holders. Could be???
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