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Woulff Bottle

Woulff Bottle

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A Woulff bottle is a vessel with two (or sometimes three) outlets. Peter Woulff (1727-1803), a chemist of apparently Irish descent, described the form in 1767. References to Woulff (or Woulfe) bottles have appeared in technical literature since the early nineteenth century.
Ref: Peter Woulff, “Experiments on the Distillation of Acids, Volatile Alkalies, &c.,” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London (1767), p. 517.
“Woulff's Apparatus” in A. & C. R. Aikin, A Dictionary of Chemistry and Mineralogy (London, 1807), vol. 2, pp. 541-542.
John Joseph Griffin, Chemical Recreations (Glasgow, 1834), pp. 45-46.“Muriatic Acid” in A. & C.
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Object Name
Woulff Bottle
woulff bottle
Physical Description
cork (stoppers(2) material)
glass, ?, transparent (tube material)
glass, ?, transparent (necks(3) material)
overall: 6 in x 3 1/2 in; 15.24 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of George Washington University, School of Pharmacy; Accession 259201 (1964)
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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