Reference numberMOB/019
TitleDouble-barrelled air pump by Francis Hauksbee
DescriptionAn air pump comprising two pump barrells (cylinders), a glass bell, an ornate wooden frame, with carved feet and a carved handle. The barrell mount is inscribed: 'The Royal Society 49'. Designed by Francis Hauksbee, the air pump allowed experimenters to create a partial vacuum.
FormatScientific Instrument
MaterialsGlass, wood
Dimensionsh 1270 x w 330 x d 330 mm
NotesCurrently on loan to the Science Museum - on display in the 'Science City' exhibition
Access statusOpen
ProvenanceThought to have been commissioned by Francis Aston for himself and bequeathed to the Society on his death (H. G. Lyons, ‘Francis Aston (1645–1715)’, Notes& Records vol 3, 88–92, 1940)
URL descriptionDigital version available on The Royal Society Picture Library
Fellows associated with this archive
NA8345Hauksbee; Francis (c 1660 - 1713)c 1660 - 1713
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