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This “very old alembic from St. Andrews University in Scotland” was picked up by Robert E. Rose, a chemist who was born in Italy in 1879; received a PhD in chemistry from Leipzig; and worked as a textile chemist for E. I. Du Pont de Nemours. Mrs. Rose gave it to the Smithsonian in 1969.
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Object Name
Object Type
Reaction Vessels
Date made
late 19th century
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
overall: 24.7 cm x 17.8 cm x 12.7 cm; 9 3/4 in x 7 in x 5 in
wooden base: 5 1/2 in x 4 7/8 in; 13.97 cm x 12.3825 cm
bottom glass: 6 in x 3 1/2 in; 15.24 cm x 8.89 cm
top glass: 4 3/8 in x 6 1/4 in x 3 1/2 in; 11.1125 cm x 15.875 cm x 8.89 cm
overall: 9 3/4 in x 6 1/2 in x 4 7/8 in; 24.765 cm x 16.51 cm x 12.3825 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Robert E. Rose
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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