Monday 27 July 2015

Pharaoh's Serpents - Lethal Victorian Toys

In 1863, restrictions existed to control the sale of arsenic. This was because of the risk of inadvertant, or criminal, injestion of this deadly poison. However, a well-to-do youngster in Edinburgh could walk into a shop and, with no questions asked, buy enough mercuric thiocyanate to poison several people. To death. In an extremely unpleasant manner.

Edinburgh toy shops were selling pharaoh's serpent eggs. These indoor fireworks consisted of small tablets of mercuric thiocyanate, which upon ignition would produce remarkable snake-like ash. Like this -

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