PASS THE SMELLING SALTS!
The perfect remedy for the swooning ladies at the feet of Mr Darcy
Pick up a classic novel or watch a costume drama and no doubt you will soon encounter a swooning lady.
Swooning is a trope used in classic and period literature depicting people (mainly women) fainting from distress, horror or desire for a particularly attractive suitor. But in real life, the tight corsets popular during the 19th century also led to a propensity to faint.
Enter this ‘fainted lady reviver’. It would have been filled with smelling salts and swiftly deployed to rouse even the deepest of slumbers. Smelling salts contained perfume and ammonium carbonate, which causes an inhalation reflex – a fainting fix.