Air Pump


Benjamin Wofford (1780-1850), a resident of Spartanburg, S.C., bequeathed $100,000 to “establish a college of literary, classical and scientific education to be located in my native district and to be under the control of the Methodist Church of my native state.” When Wofford College opened in 1854, Prof. Warren DuPre was sent north to acquire scientific apparatus, and probably bought this large lever-action air pump from N. B. Chamberlain in Boston at that time. Chamberlain advertised it as an “American” air pump, acknowledging, however, that it was based on the design of John Leslie (1766-1832), a professor in Edinburgh.

Ref: N. B. Chamberlain, Price Catalogue and Description of Philosophical Apparatus (Boston, n.d.), p. 6.

Date Made: 1854

Maker: Chamberlain, Nathan B.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Massachusetts, Boston

Subject: Science & Scientific Instruments


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Credit Line: Wofford College

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.325962Accession Number: 256314Catalog Number: 325962

Object Name: Air Pump

Measurements: overall: 42 in x 18 in x 54 in; 106.68 cm x 45.72 cm x 137.16 cmoverall: 30 in x 18 in x 43 in; 76.2 cm x 45.72 cm x 109.22 cmoverall: 53 1/2 in x 42 in x 17 5/8 in; 135.89 cm x 106.68 cm x 44.7675 cm


Record Id: nmah_1803003

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