George III's glass phials

Made:
1761 in Fleet Street
maker:
George Adams
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Eight thin-walled square glass phials
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Eight thin-walled square glass phials
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Thin-walled square glass bottles, four of eight.
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Three thin-walled square glass bottles
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Thin-walled square glass bottles, four of eight.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Thin-walled square glass bottles, four of eight.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Eight thin-walled square glass phials
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Nine thin-walled square glass bottles, five sealed with cork stoppers and wax, two unsealed and two with brass fixtures, made by George Adams, Fleet Street, London, 1761.

This set of thin-walled glass bottles were made for King George III in 1761 by George Adams, very soon after he ascended the throne in 1760. They were part of Adams' pneumatics lectures and was intended to be used with the air pump. They allowed the demonstrator to explain the effect of pressure. The bottles are sealed and when placed into the glass chamber of an air pump and the air removed, they eventually exploded. The bottles were enclosed in wire cages to prevent the exploding glass from hurting the observers. A similar experiment was conducted with the bottles submerged in water.

Details

Category:
King George III
Object Number:
1927-1294
Materials:
glass, cork, wax and brass (copper, zinc alloy)
type:
physics demonstration equipment and phial
credit:
King's College, London

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