Montpellier, France/montpellier046

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This is the right-hand side of the Balard montage, showing the method for preparing ether, which was used in another of his procedures for the preparation of bromine. In this procedure (actually used well into the twentieth century) ethanol is heated with sulfuric acid, and ether is distilled over. A specimen of rock crystal (sea salt) sits on the upper shelf, as well as other apparatus and a portrait of Balard..