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A fantastic antique laboratory desiccator. It has a rubber bung to the front with the name Baird & Tatlock, London. The firm was founded by Hugh Harper Baird in Glasgow in 1881. In 1896, the partnership dissolves, Hugh Harper Baird going to London and John Tatlock staying in Glasgow. In 1903, the London company became Baird & Tatlock (London) Ltd. In 1915, the Glasgow firm also took the name of Baird & Tatlock, Ltd, spurring a big dispute over who had the rights of using that name. The two firms held the same name until 1925, when the Glasgow company merged with John J. Griffin & Sons, Ltd (a London firm of Glasgow origins), and began trading under the name of Griffin & Tatlock Ltd in 1929. The London company was acquired by Merck in 1978. 

This old glass vacuum make wonderful terrarium. We have salvaged this from a Government Scientific laboratory. Perfect for display or storage, to use and enjoy. Adding soul and character to any modern interior.  


Shows signs of wear and tear as it is old and has been used, but only adds to its character. Great decorative item which would look fantastic in any home or business interior.

We will be hand delivering these items as we do not trust parcel companies with them.

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32 cm diameter, 31 cm height including spout

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Antique Vintage Baird & Tatlock Apothecary Laboratory Vacuum Desiccator Bell Jar

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