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In chemical parlance, a beaker is a cylindrical vessel, usually of glass, with a flat bottom. This example is tall and narrow, and has a small beak (or pouring spout). The "SCHOTT & GENOSSEN" inscription refers to the Jena Glass Works, a firm founded in 1884 for the production of a new type of glass developed by Otto Schott and Ernst Abbe. Although designed for optical purposes, this new glass turned out to be vastly more resistant to chemicals and thermal and mechanical shock than ordinary glass. The Jena Glass Works held a virtual monopoly in the production of chemical glassware for laboratory use until World War I.
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Object Name
Jena Glasswork, Schott & Associates
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
overall: 13.7 cm x 8.9 cm; 5 3/8 in x 3 1/2 in
overall: 5 3/8 in x 3 11/16 in x 3 1/2 in; 13.6525 cm x 9.36625 cm x 8.89 cm
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Gift of University of Pennsylvania Chemistry Lab
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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