Phosphor glowing eagle statuette (19 century) Is it harmful to keep in the house?
I think that phosphorus is harmful even in small quantities. Keep the figurine in the country or in a well-ventilated area. And better sell to the museum.
I would not keep such a house, and so much of everything harmful: almost all furniture from phenol is full of all carcinogens in the air.
It would be nice to have at home the most primitive air purifier.
The statuette is rather small and contains an insignificant amount of phosphorus, so the harm from is not doubtful. In any case, it is better not to put it in the bedroom and do not set it on fire. White phosphorus in its pure form is harmful if ignited. The history of the discovery of this element is interesting: a retired soldier and merchant Henning Brand in 1630-1640, (approximately) decided that the urine is yellow and therefore contains gold particles. When it received powder after settling and evaporation, mixed it with coal and sand and began to heat without air, a luminescence appeared. gave his invention.
Phosphorus is found in cottage cheese, cheeses, fish and seafood. Our body needs it for bones and teeth. If it is removed from the urine, it means it is removed from the body.
I turned to a toxicologist to a toxicologist. And he explained that such a thing should not be kept in the house and it should not shine, because there is really phosphor in it, which shines, and evaporates at the same time. And it is dangerous for human health. The statuette is really old. Made in the USA. When they left for work there en masse, a relative brought this figurine as a gift.
For a long time, she was generally in the attic, then the children were brought into the house. Now again there.
It is approximately such a statuette.
There are two completely different concepts.
The first is phosphorus, with an emphasis on the first syllable - this is the name of a chemical element, as well as several allotropic modifications of the simple substance phosphorus.
One of these modifications - "white phosphorus" is very active, easily oxidized in air and at the same time glows. White phosphorus (and other modifications too) are hazardous to health. But, if the statuette was really made in the 19th century, then the white phosphorus applied to it would have all oxidized long ago, and it would not glow.
The second is phosphorus, with an emphasis on the second syllable, it is more often used in the plural, phosphorus. Phosphors are substances capable of accumulating light energy under the action of visible light and emitting e, i.e. glow (phosphoresce). This glow is clearly visible in the dark, but, in principle, substances do not distinguish between day or night, and they always glow as long as there is accumulated energy, but very few people notice this glow because it is too light. Such substances are completely safe and can be kept at home. Since your figurine is still glowing, then most likely it contains these very phosphors.
To find out what's on your statuette Phosphorus or phosphorus, try placing the statuette in total darkness for a few days. If it ceases to glow, it means it contains phosphorus and is completely safe. If it continues to glow even after a week-long exposure in complete darkness, then it contains phosphorus, then it is dangerous, and it is better not to keep it at home. But then a doubt arises whether it was actually made in the 19 century?