Posted 6 months ago
Found these at an antique fair today. Will look great in my Sherlock Holmes room.
The ancient uses for Belladonna/ Deadly Nightshade are interesting...
From the internet:
During the Middle Ages, a beauty tonic made from the leaves and berries of the Deadly Nightshade was used by Venetian women to redden the pigment of their skin for a blush-like appearance.
The beauty tonic was also used to dilate women’s pupils, a look and practice that was seen as fashionable at the time. It’s from this popularity as a cosmetic that the Deadly Nightshade established its formal name, Atropa Belladonna, meaning “Beautiful Lady” in Italian.