Metallurgical analysis equipment for assaying, 19th century.
One mahogany cabinet of blowpipe apparatus for Qualtitative and Quantitative Metallurgical Analysis by Plattner's method, contains portable balance.
Assaying is the scientific determination of the quantity of precious metal in an ore, alloy, bullion or coin. Karl Friedrich Plattner developed a method in the 19th century involving the use of a blowpipe. Today there are numerous physical methods of analysis including spectroscopic techniques, mass spectroscopy and polarography.
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