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Long green glass distillation pipette, Dutch, c.1700s


Long, handblown green glass chemistry or alchemy pipette for liquor distillation from the Netherlands in the early to mid-1700s. This pipette was most likely used in the distillation of gin. Pipette has thick green glass, with a long thin tube attached to a teardrop-shaped bulb. There is a small (1/8" in diameter) hole on the end of the bulb, and a half-inch opening at the end of the tube. Both openings are smooth, having been formed while the hot glass was blown.

The Dutch, of course, created gin. "Jenever" was first mentioned in the Netherlands in the 1500s. The taste of gin from this era can be found in a bottle of "oude jenever," which tastes and looks more like Scotch whisky than gin as we know it today. "Jonge jenever," or new-style gin, is a clear liquor. The pipette measures 13 H x 3" in diameter at its widest point. Top opening measures 5/8" in diameter. It weighs 9 oz.


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