Leyden jar, fitted with a wooden cap and brass loop

Made:
1780-1798

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Small Leyden jar made from a glass bottle fitted with a wooden cap and brass loop (poor condition), Galvani collection

Leyden jars were used to store electricity. They are named after the city of Leiden (in the Netherlands), the home of the man usually credited with their invention, Petrus van Musschenbroek (1692-1761). This jar is believed to have belonged to Luigi Galvani.

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Category:
Electricity and Magnetism
Object Number:
1990-240
credit:
Wellcome Trust

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