Kübel Gravity Pendulum

The U.S. Weather Bureau transferred this pendulum to the Smithsonian in 1959. It is marked: "Edward Kübel, Washington." This suggests that it was made between 1875, when Kübel began in business, and his death in 1896. The form is similar to that designed by the English scientist, Francis Baily, in the period 1827-1840.
Ref: Victor Lenzen and Robert Multhauf, "Development of Gravity Pendulums in the 19th Century," United States National Museum Bulletin 240 (1965): 301-348.
Currently not on view
Object Name
gravity pendulum
Kübel, Edward
overall: 37 5/8 in; 95.5675 cm
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
U.S. Weather Bureau
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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