Glass Bottle with Sand

Description:

By the 1840s, it was well known that there were at least three kinds of sand on Long Island—silicaceous, iron and garnet—mixed together in variable proportions. This glass jar with cork stopper, containing a dark powdery substance, came from the shop of Henry Fitz (1808-1863), America’s first successful commercial telescope maker. The pencil inscription on the faded paper label reads: "Iron & Garnet Sand; L. I. Beach Peconic; L. I.: To get the garnets, spread a sheet of paper and slide a magnet under it."

Location: Currently not on view

Referenced: United States: New York, Peconic

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Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Willard H. Howell

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.315158.075Accession Number: 215541Catalog Number: 315158.075

Object Name: bottle with powder

Physical Description: glass (overall material)garnet sand (inside material)cork (stopper material)Measurements: overall: 17 cm x 3.5 cm; 6 11/16 in x 1 3/8 inoverall: 7 in x 3 in x 1 in; 17.78 cm x 7.62 cm x 2.54 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-a295-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1350017

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