Medieval London

Alembic

Dublin Core

Title

Alembic

Subject

Tools, Household Items

Description

An alembic was an apparatus, usually made of two vessels connected by a tube, which was used for the distillation of various substances, mostly liquids. The word alembic can be used to describe both the entire apparatus and part of the apparatus in which the condensation occurred. 

This particular earthenware alembic, which is part of the apparatus in which liquids condensed, dates to the late fifteenth or sixteenth century and was excavated from Fenchurch Street. It was likely made by a local potter, given that access to a kiln was necessary to manufacture it. It has a rather unique thumb-print design that runs like a V-shape down to its curved spout. It is cone-, rather than dome-, shaped, which may reflect a specific distilling use. It measures 178 mm (or 7 inches) in height, 150 mm (or 5.9 inches) in diameter, and 175 mm (or 6.8 inches) in width.

Publisher

Date

Late Medieval/Early Modern (1485-1600)

Contributor

Esther Cuenca

Format

Still image

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Alembic

Physical Dimensions

Height 178 mm
Diameter 150 mm
Width (inc. spout) 175 mm

Files

MOL Alembic original.jpg

Collection

Citation

“Alembic,” Medieval London, accessed September 21, 2021, https://medievallondon.ace.fordham.edu/items/show/10.

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