Bladder Glass


This heavy glass vessel open at both ends is designed for use with an air pump. When the air is evacuated, a bladder (or hand) put over the top opening will be drawn into the vessel. The form has been used for physics demonstrations since the eighteenth century. This example came from the University of Virginia.

Ref: George Adams, A Catalogue of Optical, philosophical, and mathematical instruments (London, [1765]), p. 8.

G. P. Quackenbos, A Natural Philosophy (New York, 1860), pp. 180-181.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: University of Virginia

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.323379Catalog Number: 323379Accession Number: 251562

Object Name: bladder glassBladder Glass

Measurements: overall: 7 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in; 19.05 cm x 13.97 cmoverall: 7 5/8 in x 5 1/2 in; 19.3675 cm x 13.97 cm


Record Id: nmah_1390950

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