Mystery 19th century experimental bottles with moth in vacuum
Stock Number: FG_21031
A mysterious set of test tubes or glass vials whose rims are heat soldered, each containing a moth. This set was found together with a French botanical microscope from the early 19th century and was probably part of some experiment whose nature is unknown.
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A mysterious set of test tubes or glass vials whose rims are heat soldered, each containing a moth. This set was found together with a French botanical microscope from the early 19th century and was probably part of some experiment whose nature is unknown. This set is reminiscent of experiments done during the 18th and 19th centuries in the context of the spontaneous generation of insects, but I cannot confirm this context. I used to present this set as part of the decoration for an exhibition of historical microscopes displayed in the main reading room of the central library at the university where I work. It awaits now the interested collector to decorate his / her collection of historical natural philosophy instruments.
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Gilgamesh was the mythological hero of the cultures of ancient West Asia, who set out on a journey in which he sought youth and eternal life.
Fleaglass Gilgamesh is located in Israel. As an archaeologist researching the material culture of the distant past and using the microscope as a major research tool, for more than two decades I have collected microscopes from the first 300 years of existence of this amazing tool and researched the cultural context of their use. Passion has become an obsession and I cultivate the full and almost unique West Asian collection of historical microscopes. Respectively, I put up for sale surplus or interesting items from the collection. I would be happy to advise any interested collector free of charge. Needless to say, I would love to send photos, information and bibliographic references, and discuss the sale details of the items offered here for sale.