Flask

Flask

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Description (Brief)
Joseph Priestley (1733–1804) used this flask in his Northumberland, Pennsylvania laboratory. Priestley, the noted chemist whose accomplishments include the discovery of oxygen, was born in England. He lived and worked in Birmingham for many years, but his views as a Dissenter and an advocate of the French Revolution incited an angry mob into burning down his house and laboratory. In 1794 he fled to America, eventually settling in Northumberland, near Philadelphia. His great-great-granddaughter, Frances Priestley, donated his surviving laboratory ware to the Smithsonian in 1883.
Source:
National Museum of American History Accession File #13305
Description
This spherical, clear glass flask belonged to Joseph Priestley (1733-1804), the accomplished and controversial English chemist and natural philosopher, and was undoubtedly made after his immigration to the United States in 1794.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
flask
used by
Priestley, Joseph
Measurements
overall: 7 3/4 in x 5 in; 19.685 cm x 12.7 cm
overall: 7 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in; 19.685 cm x 13.97 cm
ID Number
CH.315355.21
catalog number
315355.21
accession number
13305
Credit Line
Gift of Miss Frances D. Priestley
subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
Chemistry
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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