Woulff Bottle


A Woulff bottle is a vessel with two (or sometimes three) outlets. Peter Woulff (1727-1803), a chemist of apparently Irish descent, described the form in 1767. References to Woulff (or Woulfe) bottles have appeared in technical literature since the early nineteenth century.

Ref: Peter Woulff, “Experiments on the Distillation of Acids, Volatile Alkalies, &c.,” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London (1767), p. 517.

“Woulff's Apparatus” in A. & C. R. Aikin, A Dictionary of Chemistry and Mineralogy (London, 1807), vol. 2, pp. 541-542.

John Joseph Griffin, Chemical Recreations (Glasgow, 1834), pp. 45-46.

Location: Currently not on view

See more items in: Medicine and Science: Chemistry, Science & Mathematics, Artifact Walls exhibit


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Transfer from Department of Defense, U.S. Military Academy

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CH.316435.030Catalog Number: 316435.030Accession Number: 223721

Object Name: woulff bottle

Physical Description: glass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 17.2 cm x 8.3 cm; 6 3/4 in x 3 1/4 inoverall: 6 11/16 in x 3 7/8 in; 16.98625 cm x 9.8425 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a0-e135-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_2089

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.