Alcohol Lamp

Alcohol Lamp

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Description
This glass alcohol lamp came from the Draper family and may date from the mid-nineteenth century.According to Benjamin Pike, Jr., this type of lamp, fed by spirits of wine rather than by oil, produced a large and hot flame, though little light and no smoke. It was “used in chemical operations, to heat retorts, test tubes, &c. and not for the light it affords.”
Ref: Benjamin Pike, Jr., Pike’s Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue of Optical, Mathematical, and Philosophical Instruments (New York, 1848), vol. 2, p. 71.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Alcohol Lamp
Object Type
Burning Fluid
Measurements
overall: 9 cm x 7 cm; 3 9/16 in x 2 3/4 in
overall: 3 3/4 in x 2 7/8 in; 9.525 cm x 7.3025 cm
ID Number
CH.334005.102
catalog number
334005.102
accession number
304826
Credit Line
Gift of John William Christopher Draper and James Christopher Draper
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National Museum of American History
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