Flasks, used by Joseph Black

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possibly made at Leith

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Flasks, used by Joseph Black

These flasks were used in classroom demonstrations or experiments by Professor Joseph Black (1728-99) at Edinburgh University. They were made in the late 18th century, possibly at Leith.

The flask on the left is of pale green glass with a round bottom. The one on the right is of thick dark-green glass. The necks of both are broken.

In addition to his academic duties as Professor of Chemistry at Edinburgh University, Black had an extensive private practice, both as a physician and as a consultant to some of the new industries then developing in Scotland.

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Online ID: 000-100-044-140-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1858.275.39
Date: 1766 - 1799
Late 18th century
Material: Glass
What: Flask / receiver
Subject: 4. CHEMISTRY, Apparatus and instruments, general (Departmental Classification)
Who: Edinburgh University (Owner)
Joseph Black (Owner)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Leith
Description: One of a collection of apparatus and instruments from Edinburgh University used by Professors Black, Hope and Gregory - 10 flasks or receivers used by Dr Joseph Black, 1766 - 1799, probably Leith made
  • Anderson, R. G. W. 'A Source for 18th century Chemical Glass' in Dragoni, G., McConnell, A. & Turner, G. L'E. (eds.), Proceedings of the Eleventh International Scientific Instrument Symposium, Bologna, 1991. Bologna: 1994, pp 47-52 
  • Anderson, R. G. W., The Playfair Collection. Edinburgh: 1978, pp 136-7 & 142-7 
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