Hand or Bladder Glass

Hand or Bladder Glass

Usage conditions apply
This swelled glass vessel open at both ends is designed for tactile experience of air pressure. In use, the larger end is placed on the plate of an air pump, the observer’s hand is placed on the smaller end, and the air is pumped out. Or, the smaller end can be placed on the plate, and the larger end covered with a bladder of some sort.
Ref: Benjamin Pike, Jr., Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue of Optical, Mathematical and Philosophical Instruments (New York, 1848), vol. 2, pp. 201-202.
Currently not on view
Object Name
bladder glass
overall: 9 1/8 in x 7 1/2 in; 23.1775 cm x 19.05 cm
overall: 9 1/8 in x 7 1/2 in; 23.1775 cm x 19.05 cm
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National Museum of American History
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