Sulphuric (or sulfuric) acid was called "oil of vitriol" by medieval European alchemists. There are mentions to it in the works of Vincent of Beauvais and in the Compositum de Compositis ascribed to Albertus Magnus. A process for its synthesis by burning sulfur with saltpeter (potassium nitrate) was first used by Johann Glauber in the 17th cent. and developed commercially by Joshua Ward in England c.1740. It was soon superseded by the lead chamber process, invented by John Roebuck in 1746 and since improved by many others. The contact process was originally developed c.1830 by Peregrine Phillips in England; it was little used until a need for concentrated acid arose, particularly for the manufacture of synthetic organic dyes. The corrosive properties of sulfuric acid are accentuated by its highly exothermic reaction with water. Hence burns from sulfuric acid are potentially more serious than those of comparable strong acids (e.g. hydrochloric acid), as there is additional tissue damage due to dehydration and particularly due to the heat liberated by the reaction with water, i.e. secondary thermal damage.
Bitty 1 3/8 inch tall brown glass empty prop bottle, stoppered with a cork, and labeled with aged paper reproduction of an actual poison label from Boyson’s Pharmacy of San Francisco, California. Charm does not contain (nor has it ever contained) sulphuric acid (or any other substance, for that matter). Cork and bail (with attached jump ring) are secured via epoxy and label is sealed onto the bottle for durability.
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