Melting Point Apparatus

Melting Point Apparatus

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Description
This instrument, which came from the Smithsonian Instrument Room, determined the melting point of substances. The inscription reads “PATENTED NOVR. 4, 1862 / BY G. TAGLIABUE / 296 PEARL ST., New York.” The inscription on the frame holding the thermometer reads “G. TAGLIABUE 296 PEARL ST. NEW YORK.” Giuseppe Tagliabue (1812-1878) was born in Italy, apprenticed in England, came to the U.S. in 1834, and set up shop making and selling such instruments as thermometers, barometers and hygrometers.
Ref: Giuseppe Tagliabue, “Improved Apparatus for Testing Coal-Oil,” U.S. Patent 36,826 (Oct. 28, 1862).
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Melting Point Apparatus
patented by
Tagliabue, Giuseppe
patented in
United States: New York, New York City
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
Measurements
overall: 10 1/2 in; 26.67 cm
overall: 10 3/4 in x 3 9/16 in; 27.305 cm x 9.04875 cm
ID Number
CH.315168
catalog number
315168
accession number
219145
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Medicine and Science: Chemistry
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National Museum of American History
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Comments

I have the identical piece of equipment. Same patent date. But the address of G. Tagliabue, stamped under his name, is 302 Pearl Street. His business must have expanded to the adjacent building.

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