Ceresine Bottle

Ceresine Bottle

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Edward Hart (1854-1931) was a chemist with a PhD from Johns Hopkins University (his was among the first Hopkins doctorates ) who taught at Lafayette College, in Easton, Pa., for some 57 years. He patented a bottle for storing acids in 1890 and received the John Scott Medal for this achievement in 1891. This bottle, which is of that sort, is made of ceresin, a naturally-occurring waxy substance akin to paraffin. The inscription on the outside reads “Acid Hydrofluosilicic.”
Ref: Edward Hart, “Acid-Bottle,” U.S. Patent 423,683 (March 18, 1890), assigned to himself, John Townsend Baker, and George Purseglove Adamson.
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Object Name
Bottle, Wax
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
overall: 170 mm x 83 mm; 6 11/16 in x 3 1/4 in
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Credit Line
Gift of Lafayette College, Department of Physics and Chemistry
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National Museum of American History
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