|Sample from the Everest Set.|
Up until the early 1990's a company in Russia sold a periodic table collection with element samples. At some point their American distributor sold off the remaining stock to a man who is now selling them on eBay. The samples (except gases) weigh about 0.25 grams each, and the whole set comes in a very nice wooden box with a printed periodic table in the lid.
This sample is not marked as being a dummy (as the radioactive ones in the set are), but it obviously is. Elemental fluorine cannot be contained in ordinary glass: It eats the glass. Although it's possible to store fluorine in special containers (see the next sample) it's quite obvious that this is not such a container.
To learn more about the set you can visit my page about element collecting for a general description and information about how to buy one, or you can see photographs of all the samples from the set displayed on my website in a periodic table layout or with bigger pictures in numerical order.
Source: Rob Accurso
Contributor: Rob Accurso
Acquired: 7 February, 2003
Text Updated: 20 November, 2008