This dark green glass matrass (or bolt head) belonged to Joseph Priestley (1733-1804), the accomplished and controversial English chemist and natural philosopher, and was undoubtedly made after his immigration to the United States in 1794. It might have been used for distillation.

Date Made: 18th centuryDate Made: 1790s

Used By: Priestley, Joseph

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Science & Scientific InstrumentsChemistry


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Credit Line: Gift of Miss Frances D. Priestley

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CH.315355.19Accession Number: 13305Catalog Number: 315355.19

Object Name: flask

Physical Description: glass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 11 1/2 in x 4 in; 29.21 cm x 10.16 cm


Record Id: nmah_1773

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