Separating and Delivery Vessel

Description (Brief)
Joseph Priestley (1733–1804) used this separating and delivery vessel in his Northumberland, Pennsylvania laboratory. Priestley, the noted chemist whose accomplishments include the discovery of oxygen, was born in England. He lived and worked in Birmingham for many years, but his views as a Dissenter and an advocate of the French Revolution incited an angry mob into burning down his house and laboratory. In 1794 he fled to America, eventually settling in Northumberland, near Philadelphia. His great-great-granddaughter, Frances Priestley, donated his surviving laboratory ware to the Smithsonian in 1883.
National Museum of American History Accession File #13305
Currently not on view
Object Name
vessel, separating and delivery
used by
Priestley, Joseph
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
opening at top: 50 mm; 1 15/16 in
overall: 30 cm x 10.2 cm; 11 13/16 in x 4 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Science & Mathematics
Joseph Priestley
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Frances D. Priestley

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