This is a compound monocular with rack-and-pinion for coarse adjustment, micrometer screw for fine adjustment, trunion, mechanical stage, and Lister limb holding a polarizing prism and a sub-stage mirror. The base is a reverse V. The “PIKE / MAKER / 518 Broadway / NEW YORK / No. 121” inscription refers to a family of English immigrants, some of whom were at this address from the mid-1850s to the mid-1870s.
With this instrument there is a set of tubes and eyepieces for a compound binocular.
Object Name
date made
ca 1850-1875
Pike, Jr., Benjamin
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
glass (overall material)
overall: 15 in x 19 in x 23 in; 38.1 cm x 48.26 cm x 58.42 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Science & Mathematics
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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