Earthenware retort, Europe, 1801-1930

1801-1930 in Europe

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Group shot from left to right, A634351 Chemical retort, earthenware, English(?), 1801-1930 and A634003 Earthenware
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Chemical retort, earthenware, English(?), 1801-1930

Retorts have long been standard pieces of laboratory equipment. They are used during chemical experiments and large-scale processes such as distillation. Normally made of glass, this example is made from earthenware and is a typical shape, with a long stem and a large bowl. Reagents are placed in the bowl and heated from underneath. It is shown with a similar example (A634003).


Laboratory Medicine
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  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • scientific equipment
  • chemical equipment

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