- Jun 26, 2020
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I found this bottle a long time ago. I didn't dig for it but rather found it in my youthful trash picking days. It qualifies as both a historical poison bottle as well as treasure. It contains 1 pound of pure Silver Nitrate crystals and as such likely qualities as the most expensive bottle I have ever found.
Silver Nitrate was used back in the day by pharmacists to make sunscreen and treat certain skin disorders. It was also used in schools to demonstrate metalic chemical precipitation.
If you mix Silver Nitrate with water and then introduce a copper wire to the solution pure silver crystals will form on the copper wire. You can then collect and melt the crystals with a torch and produce a 100% pure lump of silver.
This bottle contains about $350 in pure silver that need only to be added to water to precipitate into its metallic form. The bottle may be small but it is very heavy for its size - the density of Silver Nitrate is more than twice that of similar crystals such as table salt. Interestingly enough silver is actually more expensive in its nitrated crystal form - most chemical suppliers charging at least double - meaning that although this bottle contains $350 in silver it is likely worth closer to $700 in its nitrate crystal form.
The bottle sports two paper label skull and cross bones as well as the word POISON in big letters on the front and side.