Mercury Shower Apparatus


When a wooden cup of this sort is placed atop a glass vessel and the air evacuated from that vessel, atmospheric pressure will force mercury through the small holes in the cup. The form was already known in the eighteenth century.

Ref: Benjamin Pike Jr., Pike’s Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue of Optical, Mathematical, and Philosophical Instruments (New York, 1848), vol. 1, pp. 211-212.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Richard J. Zitto

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2010.0235.54Catalog Number: 2010.0235.54Accession Number: 2010.0235

Object Name: mercury shower apparatus

Physical Description: glass; wood (overall material)Measurements: overall: 7 in x 4 1/4 in; 17.78 cm x 10.795 cm


Record Id: nmah_1409636

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