Woulff Bottle

The Wolff bottle, usually two-necked but sometimes three-necked as seen here, is a standard item in the chemistry laboratory. Its use has been traced back to the 17th century. Its attribution to Peter Woulfe (1727-1803) may be the result of a distillation experiment he described in 1767, In which he used a vessel with two outlets.
Woulfe was a gentleman, natural philosopher, and member of the Royal Society. He was deemed a competent chemist and often offered guidance and suggested experiments to his friend, Joseph Priestley.
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Object Name
woulff bottle
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
overall: 17.2 cm x 8.3 cm; 6 3/4 in x 3 1/4 in
ID Number
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Science & Mathematics
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Transfer from Department of Defense, U.S. Military Academy
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