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This miniature bottle pendant measures about 1 1/4 inches from top of cork to the bottom of the clear glass bottle. The bottle has a detailed Laudanum / Poison label on it complete with skull and crossbones and medical instructions. I created this label to resemble an antique medical label from a 19th century apothecary.
Laudanum colored resin fill the sealed bottle. Epoxy seals the cork.
The label has been sealed onto the bottle to be water resistant.
Silver tone chain measures 25" in length, but can be shortened on request (free of charge). Lobster clasp. A cute little skeleton key charm hangs next to bottle and continues the "old Victorian" feel!
Common in Victorian apothecaries, laudanum is an alcoholic herbal preparation containing approximately 10% powdered opium by weight (the equivalent of 1% morphine). It was generally distilled into a brownish syrup, and contains almost all of the opium alkaloids, including morphine and codeine. A potent narcotic by virtue of its high morphine concentration, laudanum was historically used to treat a variety of ailments, but its principal use was as an analgesic and cough suppressant.
Until the early 20th century, laudanum was sold without a prescription and was a constituent of many patent medicines. Today, laudanum is strictly regulated and controlled throughout the world due to it's addictive, deadly side effects.
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