Wine Testing Apparatus

Wine Testing Apparatus

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During prohibition, the federal government established regulations for testing alcoholic beverages. A standard set of apparatus for standard and fortified wines contained 1 thermometer, 3 saccharometers, 3 alcoholometers, a glass cylinder, rubber tubing, and a copper still with condenser and stand. This set is of that kind.
Ref: Treasury Department, Bureau of Prohibition, Regulations No. 7 Relative to the Production, Fortification, Tax Payment, Etc., of Wine (Washington, 1930), p. 159.
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Object Name
Wine Testing Apparatus
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
Physical Description
oak (box material)
copper (boiler material)
copper (heat shield material)
brass (tube (2) material)
tray (tray material)
heat shield: 4 1/4 in x 4 in; 10.795 cm x 10.16 cm
tube: 12 1/2 in x 1/2 in; 31.75 cm x 1.27 cm
box: 11 in x 9 1/2 in x 12 1/4 in; 27.94 cm x 24.13 cm x 31.115 cm
boiler: 5 in x 3 1/2 in; 12.7 cm x 8.89 cm
spirit lamp: 2 1/2 in x 3 7/8 in; 6.35 cm x 9.8425 cm
assembled: 33 cm x 30.5 cm x 15.2 cm; 13 in x 12 in x 6 in
overall in case: 10 7/8 in x 12 1/4 in x 9 5/16 in; 27.6225 cm x 31.115 cm x 23.65375 cm
ID Number
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accession number
Credit Line
Transfer from U.S. Treasury Department Internal Revenue Service
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National Museum of American History
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