Apparatus for the Decomposition and Recomposition of Water (replica)


Replica of the apparatus that the American chemist Robert Hare (1781–1858) designed for demonstrating the decomposition and recomposition of water to his large classes in the Medical Department of the University of Pennsylvania. An inscription reads "L. C. Eichner fecit, MCMLX." This was made in anticipation of the opening of the National Museum of History and Technology in 1964.

Ref: Robert Hare, A Compendium of the Course of Chemical Instruction (Philadelphia, 1836), 3d ed., pp. 196-197.

Robert Hare, “Engraving and Description of an Apparatus for the Decomposition and Recomposition of Water, Employed in the Laboratory of the Medical Department of the University of Pennsylvania,” Transactions of the American Philosophical Society 6 (1839): 339-340.

Date Made: 1960

Originator: Hare, RobertMaker: Eichner, Laurits Christian

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Chemistry


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CH.318452Catalog Number: 318452Accession Number: 235071

Object Name: chemical apparatus (replica)

Physical Description: gilded metal (overall material)glass (overall material)wood (overall material)Measurements: overall: 29 1/2 in x 12 1/4 in x 9 in; 74.93 cm x 31.115 cm x 22.86 cmoverall: 23 1/2 in x 12 1/4 in x 8 3/4 in; 59.69 cm x 31.115 cm x 22.225 cm


Record Id: nmah_2332

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