smelling salt flask in metal case, 19th C
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.