In this woodcut from Lazarus Ercker's Beschreibung aller furnemisten mineralischen Ertzt vnnd Bergtwercks arten ('Description of the Principle Mineral Ores and Methods of Mining'), published in Frankfurt-am-Main in 1580, one may see how the alembic was put to semi-industrial use for the separation of silver from gold. Ercker was Dresden's assayer, having been appointed to that position in 1554, and he later became a control tester of coins.
Lazarus Ercker (c. 1530, Annaberg, Saxony — died c. 1594, Prague, Bohemia)
2,678 x 3,508 px (22.67 x 29.70 cm) - 300 dpi - 2.14 MB
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Lazarus Ercker (c. 1530, Annaberg, Saxony — died c. 1594, Prague, Bohemia), “Industrial Alembics,” Medieval London, accessed September 21, 2021, https://medievallondon.ace.fordham.edu/items/show/12.