Swan necked glass retort

Made:
1760-1870 in England
A630661, Tall cylindrical firing chamber, English, 1820-1900 and Green glass swan necked retort, English(?), 1760-1870,

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A630661, Tall cylindrical firing chamber, English, 1820-1900 and Green glass swan necked retort, English(?), 1760-1870,
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Green glass swan necked retort, English(?), 1760-1870

A retort is used as a container for substances during the chemical processes of distillation and decomposition by heat. The substance is placed in the glass bulb which is then heated. The products of the reaction pass through the long, swan-like neck, which may be connected to other equipment. Retorts were also used in the preparation of drugs. Probably produced in England, this example is made from green glass and is 770 mm in length. It is shown here with a furnace (A630661).

Details

Category:
Medical Glass-ware
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A630052
type:
retort
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • scientific equipment
  • chemical equipment
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust