Peirce Gravity Pendulum No. 4

This is the fourth and final Peirce pendulum that the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey produced in the early 1880s. It is marked: "Peirce No. 4 USC&G Survey." It may have been used at the base station located at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Ref: Victor Lenzen and Robert Multhauf, "Development of Gravity Pendulums in the 19th Century," United States National Museum Bulletin 240 (1965): 301-348.
C. H. Swick, Modern Methods of Measuring the Intensity of Gravity (Washington, D.C.: United States Coast & Geodetic Survey, 1921).
Currently not on view
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United States: District of Columbia, Washington
overall: 62 in x 2 3/4 in; 157.48 cm x 6.985 cm
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U.S. Department of Commerce. Coast and Geodetic Survey
U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey
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National Museum of American History


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