Magnetometer

Description
This is a Kew pattern unifilar magnetometer that is marked ";Dover, Charlton Kent No. 145" and that belonged to the Survey Branch of the U.S. Navy Hydrographic Office. While the ";Dover, Charlton Kent" signature was used between 1859 and 1920, the serial number suggests that this example was made around 1900. The U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey repaired, cleaned, adjusted, and calibrated this instrument around 1950, and transferred it to the Smithsonian in 1959.

Ref: J. E. H. Gordon, A Physical Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism (London, 1880), vol. I, pp. 166-177.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
magnetometer
maker
Dover
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 21 1/8 in x 11 1/4 in x 11 3/4 in; 53.721 cm x 28.575 cm x 29.845 cm
Place Made
United Kingdom: England, London, Charlton
ID Number
PH*316506
accession number
225703
catalog number
316506
subject
Measuring & Mapping
Science & Mathematics
Science & Scientific Instruments
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
U.S. Department of Commerce, Coast & Geodetic Survey
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