Salter Science

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Logo of chemistry set manufacturer Salter Science
A selection of chemicals included in the chemistry set "Chemistry 4" from Salter Science.
Some of the chemistry sets produced by Salter Science contained this tube of Patent Blue V, under the name of "Sky Blue". The dye colors water blue, but turns green in acidic solutions.

Salter Science was a brand of science kits sold by Thomas Salter Ltd., a Scotland-based company which manufactured toys and science activity kits for children.[1] Kits included activities with electricity, microscopy, magnetism and crystal gardens, but the company is probably best known for their chemistry sets. The company also produced other toys related to TV series such as 'KOJAK' ACTION SET and also produced Crafts Plaster Moulding Set's Frog & Owl.[2]

Thomas Salter Ltd. was founded in London in 1913, moved to Glenrothes, Fife, and closed in 1992.[3]

Chemistry sets from Salter Science included a various number of chemicals, which were numbered, so that the numbers were the same across the sets. Some of the chemicals included were:

  1. Copper Sulfate
  2. Sodium Carbonate
  3. Calcium Oxychloride
  4. Iron Filings
  5. Calcium Hydroxide
  6. Sodium Hydrogen Sulfate
  7. Tartaric Acid
  8. Methyl Orange
  9. Ferrous Sulfate
  10. Ammonium Carbonate
  11. Magnesium Ribbon
  12. Copper Wire
  13. Ammonium Chloride
  14. Sodium Thiosulfate
  15. Sodium Perborate
  16. Cobalt Chloride
  1. Soluble Starch
  1. Sodium Metabisulfite
  2. Carbon Rods
  1. Borax
  2. Iron Alum
  1. Sky Blue

Also commonly included were small glass test tubes, a spatula, a funnel, corks, a small bottle brush and a test tube rack. Larger sets also included a methylated spirit burner for heating.


  1. ^ The Glasgow Herald. p. 16. December 7, 1973,1197310. Retrieved 3 September 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Chemistry set Salters National Trust Inventory Number 662097". National Trust Collections. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Vintage Thomas Salter's 'Showjumping' Game, boxed 1960s". Worthpoint. Retrieved 3 September 2014.