- Benjamin Wofford (1780-1850), a resident of Spartanburg, S.C., bequeathed $100,000 to “establish a college of literary, classical and scientific education to be located in my native district and to be under the control of the Methodist Church of my native state.” When Wofford College opened in 1854, Prof. Warren DuPre was sent north to acquire scientific apparatus, and probably bought this large lever-action air pump from N. B. Chamberlain in Boston at that time. Chamberlain advertised it as an “American” air pump, acknowledging, however, that it was based on the design of John Leslie (1766-1832), a professor in Edinburgh.
- Ref: N. B. Chamberlain, Price Catalogue and Description of Philosophical Apparatus (Boston, n.d.), p. 6.
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- Air Pump
- date made
- Chamberlain, Nathan B.
- place made
- United States: Massachusetts, Boston
- overall: 42 in x 18 in x 54 in; 106.68 cm x 45.72 cm x 137.16 cm
- overall: 30 in x 18 in x 43 in; 76.2 cm x 45.72 cm x 109.22 cm
- overall: 53 1/2 in x 42 in x 17 5/8 in; 135.89 cm x 106.68 cm x 44.7675 cm
- ID Number
- accession number
- catalog number
- Credit Line
- Wofford College
- Science & Scientific Instruments
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- Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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