Abbe Refractometer

Description
Bausch & Lomb began making refractometers when World War I limited the import of European instruments coming into the United States. This Abbé-type refractometer is marked "Bausch & Lomb Optical Company Rochester N.Y. Ser. No. 77381 USA Pat. No. 2,080,841." Miles E. Hess Jr. donated it to the Smithsonian. The referenced patent, issued to Harold Straat in 1937 and assigned to Bausch & Lomb, described a new prism system and box for refractometers.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
refractometer
date made
after 1937
after 1956
maker
Bausch & Lomb Optical Company
Measurements
overall: 39.5 cm x 19.2 cm x 22 cm; 15 9/16 in x 7 9/16 in x 8 21/32 in
place made
United States: New York, Rochester
ID Number
2000.0128.01
catalog number
2000.0128.01
accession number
2000.0128
subject
Optics
Chemistry
World War I
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Miles E. Hess, Jr.

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