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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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Elliott Brothers
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
horizontal tube: 16 in; 40.64 cm
overall: 8 1/2 in x 9 3/4 in x 18 7/8 in; 21.59 cm x 24.765 cm x 47.9425 cm
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U.S. Department of Defense, Dept. of the Navy, U.S. Naval Observatory
Science & Scientific Instruments
Science & Scientific Instruments
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National Museum of American History