Display Bottle Containing Mauveine Acetate

Made:
1910-1945 in United Kingdom
maker:
Unknown

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Three glass bottles containing mauveine acetate or mauveine hydrochloride, c.1858-1860.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Three glass bottles containing mauveine acetate or mauveine hydrochloride, c.1858-1860.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Three glass bottles containing mauveine acetate or mauveine hydrochloride, c.1858-1860.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Medium size glass display bottle containing mauveine acetate, 1910-1945

The British chemist William Perkin created the first synthetic dye, mauveine, while attempting to synthesis the malaria medicine quinine. Chemists quickly discovered many other synthetic dyes, which were cheaper than natural ones and came in a wide range of new colours, kick-starting chemical synthesis on an industrial scale.

Details

Category:
Industrial Chemistry
Object Number:
1947-115/3
Materials:
acetate, glass
type:
display bottle
credit:
Miss A.F.Perkin
status:
Permanent collection

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