Electric Furnace (model)

Electric Furnace (model)

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Aldus Chapin Higgins (1872-1948) was a lawyer working for the Norton Co., an abrasives manufacturer in Worcester, Mass. In 1901, he devised a water-cooled electric furnace suitable for the commercial production of the artificial abrasive known as Alundum. In 1913, he was given a John Scott Medal for this invention. This model of the Higgins furnace came to the Smithsonian in 1927, as part of an exhibit on artificial abrasives prepared by Norton.
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Object Name
Electric Furnace
Electric Furnace (model)
developed by
Higgins, Aldus C.
pot: 6 in x 6 in; 15.24 cm x 15.24 cm
overall: 18 in x 10 in; 45.72 cm x 25.4 cm
overall: 18 in x 9 1/2 in; 45.72 cm x 24.13 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Norton Co.
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