Alcohol Lamp

Alcohol Lamp

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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.
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Object Name
Alcohol Lamp
Object Type
Burning Fluid
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
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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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