Complex condenser

Description (Brief)
This object is a complex condensing column.
A condensing column is used to cool and condense a gas back to a liquid, often as part of the process of chemical distillation. This piece consists of a straight glass tube through which the gas travels. The tube would be surrounded by a jacket of water that helps to cool the gas.
This object was used at the Chemistry department at the University of Pennsylvania. Chemistry has been taught at the University since at least 1769 when doctor and signer of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Rush (1746–1813), became Professor of Chemistry in the Medical School. A Chemistry department independent of the Medical School was established by 1874.
Sources:
“A Brief History of the Department of Chemistry at Penn.” University of Pennsylvania Department of Chemistry. Accessed March 20, 2015. https://www.chem.upenn.edu/content/penn-chemistry-history.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
condenser, complex
Measurements
overall: 18 in x 18 in; 45.72 cm x 45.72 cm
ID Number
CH*316233
catalog number
316233
accession number
217523
subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
Science & Mathematics
Science Under Glass
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Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Science Under Glass
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of University of Pennsylvania

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