Gas Generator

Gas Generator

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Description
Acetylene is a colorless gas that was discovered in 1836 by the English chemist, Humphry Davy, and again in 1860 by the French chemist, Marcelin Berthelot. In time, acetylene was used for lighting and other purposes. This acetylene gas generator came from the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, a federal agency that was using acetylene lamps for signaling purposes by 1902.
Ref: “The New Acetylene Signal Lamps” in Report of the Superintendent of the Coast and Geodetic Survey (Washington, D.C., 1903), p. 824.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
gas generator
Gas Generator
Measurements
box: 4 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in x 11 in; 11.43 cm x 11.43 cm x 27.94 cm
overall: 12 in x 4 5/8 in x 7 1/8 in; 30.48 cm x 11.7475 cm x 18.0975 cm
ID Number
CH.315983
catalog number
315983
accession number
223100
Credit Line
Transfer from Coast and Geodetic Survey
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