Demonstration apparatus, known as 'Philosophical Fireworks'

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Demonstration apparatus, known as 'Philosophical Fireworks'

This demonstration apparatus, known as 'Philosophical Fireworks' was used to give spectacular demonstrations of burning gases. The apparatus was made in London around 1730 by W. & S. Jones.

The apparatus consists of an elaborate set of brass multiple gas jet burners in a fitted mahogany box.

A larger version of the apparatus is known to have been shown in Edinburgh's Theatre Royal in 1791.

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Online ID: 000-100-082-636-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1995.25
Date: Around 1730
c. 1800
Material: Brass and mahogany. Inscription: PHILOSOPHICAL / FIREWORKS; W. & S. JONES, 30 Holborn London
Dimensions: 13.50" x 7.00" x 8.75" (case)
What: Burner, hydrogen / demonstration
Who: Charles Bancker Collection (Owner)
E.M. Clarke (Possible designer)
W. & S. Jones, 30 Holborn, London (Maker)
Where: England, London, Holborn (30 Holborn)
Description: "Philosophical Fireworks" demonstration apparatus consisting of an elaborate set of multiple gas jet burners in brass, in a fitted mahogany box, by W.S. Jones, London, c. 1800
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