Cathetometer

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Description
A cathetometer is an upright ruler with a telescope that precisely measures the vertical difference between two points. The form was introduced in Paris around 1815 and the name around 1847. The U.S. Military Academy, which originally owned this example, acquired much of its physics apparatus from Paris.
Ref: D. J. Warner, “Cathetometers and Precision Measurement: The History of an Upright Ruler,” Rittenhouse 7 (1993): 65–75.
Location
Currently not on view
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 54 1/4 in; 137.795 cm
ID Number
PH.315755
catalog number
315755
accession number
217544
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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