Lifting Pump


The University of Michigan moved to Ann Arbor in 1841, and began classes in natural philosophy (what we now call physics) in 1843. This lifting pump came from that school, and may have been used at an early date.

Ref: Benjamin Pike, Jr., Pike’s Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue of Optical, Mathematical, and Philosophical Instruments (New York, 1848), vol. 1, pp. 233-234.

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Science & Scientific Instruments


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.319722Catalog Number: 319722Accession Number: 239024

Object Name: force pump

Physical Description: brass (overall material)glass (overall material)Measurements: overa14ll: 1 5/8 in; 4.1275 cmoverall: 14 in x 9 7/8 in x 3 3/4 in; 35.56 cm x 25.0825 cm x 9.525 cm


Record Id: nmah_1761399

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