Spectroscope

Description
This is a brass instrument with six glass prisms. The “A. Hilger London” inscription refers to Adam Hilger (1839-1897), a precision instrument maker from Darmstadt who moved to London around 1870, and who established his own shop around 1875. The “J.B. Stearns 1875” inscription probably refers to Joseph Barker Stearns (1831-1895), inventor of the duplex system of telegraphy, and probably the man who gave this instrument to Smith College. Located in Northampton, Mass. and opened in 1875, Smith College offered women students the same sort of lectures and laboratories that were elsewhere offered to men.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
spectroscope
date made
1875
maker
Hilger, Adam
Measurements
overall: 15 in; 38.1 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
1980.0098.01
catalog number
1980.0098.01
accession number
1980.0098
subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
Optics
Science & Mathematics
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Optics
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Smith College
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