Electric Egg

Electric Egg

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Description
An electric egg demonstrates luminous effects produced by electrical discharges in rarified gases. The phenomenon was noticed by natural philosophers in the seventeenth century. The form became popular in the nineteenth century. This example came from the University of Alabama. The inscription on the base reads “Max Kohl, Chemnitz.”
Ref: E. S. Fischer, Elements of Natural Philosophy (Boston, 1827), p. 637.
Max Kohl, Physical Apparatus (Chemnitz, [1912]), p. 406.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
electric egg
maker
Max Kohl
place made
Germany: Saxony, Chemnitz
Measurements
overall: 15 3/8 in x 5 in x 4 1/4 in; 39.0525 cm x 12.7 cm x 10.795 cm
ID Number
PH.325959
catalog number
325959
accession number
317854
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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