Compound Blowpipe (replica)

Description
Robert Hare (1781–1858) was a Philadelphia chemist who, in 1801, introduced a blowpipe that produced a particularly steady and intense heat. The compound blowpipe that he introduced a dozen years later used jets of oxygen and of hydrogen to produce an even more intense heat. This replica of that instrument was made in anticipation of the opening of the National Museum of History and Technology in 1964.
Ref: Robert Hare, “Engraving and description of a Compound, or Hydro-oxygen Blowpipe used in the Laboratory of the University of Pennsylvania.” This is the final section of Hare, “On Specific Gravity,” American Journal of Science 1 (1826): after 121-.
Robert Hare, A Compendium of the Course of Chemical Instruction in the Medical Department of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, 1828), pp. 77–78.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
compound blowpipe, replica
date made
1813
Associated Date
1801
originator
Hare, Robert
Physical Description
cast iron (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 23 in x 16 in x 24 in; 58.42 cm x 40.64 cm x 60.96 cm
tray: 19 in x 24 in; 48.26 cm x 60.96 cm
piping system: 21 1/2 in; 54.61 cm
ID Number
CH*316960
catalog number
316960
accession number
229395
subject
Science & Mathematics
Chemistry
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Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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