Naturalist's Field Kit

Naturalist's Field Kit

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This is a wooden chest covered with black leatherette and provided with brass hardware; the interior is lined with red chamois and leatherette. The “J. H. Fabre” inscription on the handle plate refers to Jean Henri Fabre (1823-1915), a French naturalist and entomologist. The kit contains ten glass reagent bottles with ground glass stoppers; the bottles are marked “ROUSSEAU FRERES / rue de l’Ecole de Medicine, Paris.” It also contains several test tubes; hammer; brass blow pipe; candle holder; mortar and pestle; and evaporating dish.
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Object Name
Field Kit
Date made
19th century
Rousseau Freres
J.H. Fabre
place made
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
tube: 110 mm x 12.5 mm; 4 5/16 in x 1/2 in
compass needle stand: 75 mm; 2 15/16 in
each test tube: 75 mm x 10 mm; 2 15/16 in x 3/8 in
reagent bottles 1, 2: 75 mm x 33 mm; 2 15/16 in x 1 5/16 in
reagent bottles 3-8: 60 mm x 24 mm; 2 3/8 in x 15/16 in
overall: 11 cm x 32 cm x 16 cm; 4 5/16 in x 12 5/8 in x 6 5/16 in
overall: 4 in x 12 1/2 in x 6 1/8 in; 10.16 cm x 31.75 cm x 15.5575 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Edward M. Nagel
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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