Name used prior to 1900s for an explosive paste containing Mercuric thiocyanate in an aqueous solution of Gum (Schur 1985). When dried, then ignited, the mixture produces a large amount of ash in serpentine shapes. These dry beads of mercuric thiocyanate are called pharaoh's serpent eggs.
Synonyms and Related Terms
pharaoh's serpent eggs
- Toxic by ingestion, inhalation and skin absorption.
Resources and Citations
- S. Schur, "Conservation Terminology: A Review of Past & Current Nomenclature of Materials", Technology and Conservation, 1985.