Apparatus for the Decomposition and Recomposition of Water (replica)

Apparatus for the Decomposition and Recomposition of Water (replica)

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Description
This is a replica of the apparatus that the American chemist Robert Hare (1781–1858) designed for demonstrating the decomposition and recomposition of water to his large classes in the Medical Department of the University of Pennsylvania. It was made in anticipation of the opening of the National Museum of History and Technology in 1964.
Ref: Robert Hare, A Compendium of the Course of Chemical Instruction (Philadelphia, 1836), 3d ed., pp. 196-197.
Robert Hare, “Engraving and Description of an Apparatus for the Decomposition and Recomposition of Water, Employed in the Laboratory of the Medical Department of the University of Pennsylvania,” Transactions of the American Philosophical Society 6 (1839): 339-340.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
chemical apparatus (replica)
date made
1960
originator
Hare, Robert
maker
Eichner, Laurits Christian
Physical Description
gilded metal (overall material)
glass (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 29 1/2 in x 12 1/4 in x 9 in; 74.93 cm x 31.115 cm x 22.86 cm
overall: 23 1/2 in x 12 1/4 in x 8 3/4 in; 59.69 cm x 31.115 cm x 22.225 cm
ID Number
CH.318452
catalog number
318452
accession number
235071
subject
Chemistry
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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