Blowpipe Set

Production date
Circa 1880
Country
England
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Description
Wooden box with hinged lid. The label on the inside of the lid lists 44 items as part of the set, but there are only 27 items counted, plus 2 other items related to assaying of metals. Box opens with a key.
Classification
CH classification MINING Assaying blowpipe set
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Production place
Measurements
L80 x W272 x H120 mm
Media/Materials description
Steel (Metals - Ferrous), Indeterminate (Glass)
Signature/Marks
SOCIETY OF ARTS \ SUPERIOR \ BLOWPIPE SET
WITH EXTRA \ APPARATUS \ £1 (?)s.6D

J.T LETOHER \ TRURO \ CORNWALL \ BORAX \ SOCIETY OF ARTS
J.T LETOHER \ TRURO \ CORNWALL \ MICROCOSMIC \ SALT. \ SOCIETY OF ARTS
J.T LETOHER \ TRURO \ CORNWALL \ BONE \ ASH \ SOCIETY OF ARTS
J.T LETOHER \ TRURO \ CORNWALL \ FLUOR \ SPAR \ SOCIETY OF ARTS
J.T LETOHER \ TRURO \ CORNWALL \ ASSAY \ LEAD \ SOCIETY OF ARTS
BISULPHATE OF POTASH
NITRATE OF SALT
LITMUS PAPER
History and use
This blowpipe set was made in approximately 1880 by J T Letcher. It appears to have been used in the assaying of metals. Blowpipes are used to direct a jet of air into a flame or gas jet to produce a short term increase in temperature. They were used traditionally for purposes such as soldering and glass work, as well as in scientific analysis. This set is incomplete with the box holding 29 of the original 44 parts including test tubes, litmus paper and a spirit lamp. The blowpipe set is part of a large collection of objects donated to the Queensland Museum by the Marks family of Brisbane.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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H24013

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