smelling salt flask in metal case, 19th C

smelling salt flask in metal case, 19th C

Stock Number: 420929 G



3 x 3 x 8cm.


19th C

Country of manufacture


Categories: Medicine, Therapeutic & Functional Aids, Other Medical Antiques


An 19th C polished metal case with a smelling salt flask traditional use of ammonium carbonate, is to revive someone who has fainted. This action is based on the release of ammonia gas: the irritating smell is a strong stimulant to the unconscious person. On the decorative octagonal case you find an Aesculape. Size 3 x 3 x 8cm.

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NL Van Leest Antiques

Van Leest Antiques

Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.

As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.