Air Pump

Air Pump

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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.
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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
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Wofford College
Science & Scientific Instruments
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