Retort

Description
A retort is a vessel used for distillation, usually of less volatile liquids. It has been used for centuries. During the eighteenth century it, like many other types of laboratory ware, became standardized. Often made of glass, the vessel is spherical or sometimes tear-shaped, with a long downward pointing neck. The distillate condenses at the top of the neck and flows down to be collected in a receiver, usually a short-necked round-bottomed flask.
Location
Currently not on view
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 45.8 cm x 8.6 cm; 18 1/16 in x 3 3/8 in
overall: 18 in x 5 1/8 in x 3 3/8 in; 45.72 cm x 13.0175 cm x 8.5725 cm
ID Number
CH.316467.077
catalog number
316467.077
accession number
223721
Credit Line
Transfer from Department of Defense, U.S. Military Academy
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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