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Bufonite, Toad Stone
Lapis Bufon, Stelon, Lapis Borax, Batrachitae, Crapodinae, Lycodontes
Toad Stone was said to come from the head of a Toad. However, it is the round, fossilized teeth of a Lepidotes, an extinct species of fish.
Ortus Sanitatis, Beck, 1517
Metallotheca Vaticani, Mercati, 1719
Olao Worm, 1655
De Omni Rerum Fossilium Genere, Gemmis, Lapidibus, Metallis, Gesner, 1565
Musaeum metallicum, 1648
A History of Fossils, Hill, 1751
Lepidote Fossilized Teeth (Toad stone)
Photo by Ghedoghedo
Photo by Ghedoghedo
It is said to be a white, brown, or black stone like pebbles found in the head of a dead Toad. This stone has been claimed to be a fossilised tooth of Lepidote, a prehistoric fish with hard, round, pebble-like teeth.
It was set in a Gold ring so that the stone touched the skin. It was said to become very hot when near poison, and in this way would give warning that Poison had been served. As with the stone of a Snakes Head, it was simply held over a bite to draw Poison.
‘By putting a Toad into an Earthen pot that hath many holes bored in it, and setting that pot in an Ant-Hill for the Ants to eat him up; for when they have eaten his flesh, the stone with the bones is left behind, as I and many others have often tried’. (Mizald)
‘There is a stone called Chelonites [note 'Chelonites' is normally a stone from a Swallows nest] the French name it Crapodina, which they report to be found in the head of a great old Toad. And if it can be gotten from him, while he is alive, it is sovereign against Poison. They say it is taken from living Toad, in a red cloth, in which color they are much delighted. For while they sport and open themselves upon the scarlet, the stone drops out of their head, and falls through a hole made in the middle, into a box set under for the purpose. Else they will suck it up again. But I never met with a faithful
person, who said that he found it. Nor could I ever find
stones which are pretended to be taken out of Toads are minerals. For I remember at Rome I saw a broken piece of stone, which was compacted of many of those stones, some bigger, some less, which suck on the back of it like Limpins on a rock. But the virtue is certain. If any swallow it down with Poison, it will preserve him from the malignity of it. For it runs about with the Poison, and assuages the power of it, that it becomes vain and of no force’. (Natural Magic, John Baptista Porta, 1537-1615)
‘You shall know whether the tode stone be the right or perfect stone or not. Hold the stone before a tode so that he may see it, and if it be a right and true stone, the tode will leap towards it, and make as though to snatch it. He envies so much that none should have the stone’. (Lupton, Book of Notable Things)
Culpeper said it was applied to venomous bites as it ‘quickly draws all poison to it.’
‘Any one may cure the Toothache with the Stone that is in the head of the Toad’.
Scottish Highlanders of the 17th century apparently held the Toad Stone in high repute to protect their houses from burning, and to protect their boats from sinking. Military leaders carried the stone to ensure victory in battle.