Glas retort, Italian, 1650-1800.
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

Glas retort, Italian, 1650-1800.

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A hand-blown pale green glas 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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