One cure for a night of excess during the Regency was an emetic cup.
Early in the evening wine was poured into a cup made of antimony. The acids in the wine leeched antimony from the sides of the cup. Later that night, or upon rising the next morning, the wine would be drunk and the antimony in the wine induced vomiting.
Not very glamorous, no. I don’t think I’ve ever read about one in a Regency, but…hey, whatever works. There’s a marvelous book, The Elements of Murder by John Emsley, which talks about emetic cups as well as other toxic medical treatments, many of which were still being used during the Regency. (Not to mention fascinating case studies of poisoners.)
The cup pictured is believed to have belonged to Captain James Cook.
- I love this book. I’m a chemistry geek and I’ve reread it several times.↵