Wine Testing Apparatus


During prohibition, the federal government established regulations for testing alcoholic beverages. A standard set of apparatus for standard and fortified wines contained 1 thermometer, 3 saccharometers, 3 alcoholometers, a glass cylinder, rubber tubing, and a copper still with condenser and stand. This set is of that kind.

Ref: Treasury Department, Bureau of Prohibition, Regulations No. 7 Relative to the Production, Fortification, Tax Payment, Etc., of Wine (Washington, 1930), p. 159.

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Prohibition


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Credit Line: Transfer from U.S. Treasury Department Internal Revenue Service

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CH.327000Catalog Number: 327000Accession Number: 267815

Object Name: Wine Testing Apparatus

Physical Description: oak (box material)copper (boiler material)copper (heat shield material)brass (tube (2) material)tray (tray material)Measurements: heat shield: 4 1/4 in x 4 in; 10.795 cm x 10.16 cmtube: 12 1/2 in x 1/2 in; 31.75 cm x 1.27 cmbox: 11 in x 9 1/2 in x 12 1/4 in; 27.94 cm x 24.13 cm x 31.115 cmboiler: 5 in x 3 1/2 in; 12.7 cm x 8.89 cmspirit lamp: 2 1/2 in x 3 7/8 in; 6.35 cm x 9.8425 cmassembled: 33 cm x 30.5 cm x 15.2 cm; 13 in x 12 in x 6 inoverall in case: 10 7/8 in x 12 1/4 in x 9 5/16 in; 27.6225 cm x 31.115 cm x 23.65375 cm


Record Id: nmah_2510

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