Florence Flask


The Florence flask, with round body and long neck, was known to English chemists by the seventeenth century, if not before. The term derived from the form used to transport Italian wine and olive oil. According to an account from 1834, "They are to be had of oilmen, who sell the empty flasks, after having disposed of the Florence oil they contained. Such flasks are extremely cheap." This glass example probably dates from the mid-nineteenth century.

Ref: John Joseph Griffin, Chemical Recreations (Glasgow, 1834), p. 10.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of John William Christopher Draper and James Christopher Draper

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CH.333999.024Catalog Number: 333999.024Accession Number: 304826

Object Name: Florence Flask

Measurements: overall: 16.5 cm x 9 cm; 6 1/2 in x 3 9/16 inoverall: 5 3/4 in x 3 in; 14.605 cm x 7.62 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a0-e5c5-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_2655

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