The U.S. Naval Observatory acquired this Kew pattern magnetometer around 1887, in preparation for a new program in terrestrial magnetism. It is of the type used at the Kew magnetic observatory in England. It is marked "ELLIOTT BROS London No 54." New, it cost £65. It is now incomplete.

Ref: Elliott Brothers, General Illustrated Catalogue, with Supplementary Lists, of Philosophical, Optical, and Mathematical Instruments (London, ca. 1867), Supplementary List No. 2, p. 4.

Magnetic Observations Made at the United States Naval Observatory 1888-1889 (Washington, D.C., 1890), p. 2.

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Object Name
Elliott Brothers
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
horizontal tube: 16 in; 40.64 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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 Defense, Dept. of the Navy, U.S. Naval Observatory

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