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Lorentz 'Instantaneous light machine', 1807-1820.

Lorentz 'Instantaneous light machine', 1807-1820.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm


This oil lamp in a large mahogany chest was made by Lorentz. The lamp is lit by an electric spark acting on a stream of hydrogen gas pasing over the wick. Lorentz was not the first to devise this type of lamp lighter; the instrument maker George Adams the Younger mentions Volta, Ingenhouz, and others. In 1823 these machines were superseded by the more convenient Dobereiner lamp.

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