This “very old alembic from St. Andrews University in Scotland” was picked up by Robert E. Rose, a chemist who was born in Italy in 1879, received a PhD in chemistry from Leipzig, and worked as a textile chemist for E. I. Du Pont de Nemours. Mrs. Rose gave it to the Smithsonian in 1969.

Date Made: late 19th century1850-1900

Location: Currently not on view

See more items in: Medicine and Science: Chemistry


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Robert E. Rose

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CH.330197Catalog Number: 330197Accession Number: 285915

Object Name: AlembicObject Type: Reaction Vessels

Measurements: overall: 24.7 cm x 17.8 cm x 12.7 cm; 9 3/4 in x 7 in x 5 inwooden base: 5 1/2 in x 4 7/8 in; 13.97 cm x 12.3825 cmbottom glass: 6 in x 3 1/2 in; 15.24 cm x 8.89 cmtop glass: 4 3/8 in x 6 1/4 in x 3 1/2 in; 11.1125 cm x 15.875 cm x 8.89 cmoverall: 9 3/4 in x 6 1/2 in x 4 7/8 in; 24.765 cm x 16.51 cm x 12.3825 cm


Record Id: nmah_2588

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.