Relics of Alessandro Volta, framed

Description (Brief):

Wood case with glass cover containing: a copper disc (1" diameter), a zinc disc (2" dia) with inscription, medal with Volta profile (2" dia), medal with Volta profile and hanging loop (1" dia), porcelain dish with coat of arms and "AV" (8" dia), and three small labels written by William J. Hammer. Felt lining in the case is very worn. "Volta Relics, in a frame, including three medals commemorating the Voltaic Pile of Alessandro Volta, purchased at Lake Como, Italy by W. J. Hammer, E.E., 1900." "One of the copper discs from Volta's first Voltaic Pile, rescued from the fire which destroyed the Volta Centennial Expo. of 1899 at Lake Como, Italy. Purchased with several others from the custodian of the Volta relics by W. J. Hammer in 1900." "Decorated plate said to have been used by Alessandro Volta and rescued from the fire as well. "

Date Made: 1900

Associated Person: Volta, AlessandroMaker: Hammer, William J.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: from International Business Machines, Inc., William J. Hammer Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: EM.320866Catalog Number: 320866Accession Number: 241402

Object Name: Volta Relicsframed ephemerabattery component

Measurements: overall: 2 in x 12 3/4 in x 12 3/4 in; 5.08 cm x 32.385 cm x 32.385 cm


Record Id: nmah_713175

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