Electric Egg

Electric Egg

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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.
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electric egg
Max Kohl
place made
Germany: Saxony, Chemnitz
overall: 15 3/8 in x 5 in x 4 1/4 in; 39.0525 cm x 12.7 cm x 10.795 cm
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National Museum of American History
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