Glass retort, Italian, 1650-1800.

Image number: 10287312

Glass retort, Italian, 1650-1800.

A hand-blown pale green glass retort with a long neck and projecting stopper hole. Retorts were used to distill liquid. Distillation is achieved by purifying a liquid by heating it so that it vaporises, then cooling and condensing the vapour and collecting the resulting liquid.

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Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 12:38
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Science Museum

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