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Instruments of Science & Technology / A COLLECTION OF GIESSLER TUBES, ENGLISH, EARLY 20TH CENTURY, (19)

Lot 48
A COLLECTION OF GIESSLER TUBES,
ENGLISH, EARLY 20TH CENTURY,
(19)
28 September 2022, 14:00 BST
London, Knightsbridge

Sold for £765 inc. premium

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A COLLECTION OF GIESSLER TUBES, ENGLISH, EARLY 20TH CENTURY,

comprising nineteen glass examples, forms include spiral, coiled, and tubes, some with coloured liquid including red, orange, and blue, another with miniature butterfly model within,
the largest 8 1/4in x 1 1/2in x 1 1/2in (21cm x x 3.8cm x 3.8cm)
the smallest 4 1/2in x 1in x 1in (11.5cm x 2.5cm x 2.5cm)
(19)

Footnotes

Giessler tubes were a popular scientific novelty in the early 20th century, in both English and American markets. When a current is passed through the tube, the contents would be illuminated. The designs became increasingly elaborate, with twisting glass formations and fluorescent liquids adding to their decorative appeal.

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