Porte Lumiere

Description
Like a heliostat, a porte lumiere throws sunlight where it might be used for photography or scientific observations. But while a heliostat is moved by clockwork, a porte lumiere is moved by hand. This incomplete example consists of a rectangular mirror (6 inches wide; 11.25 inches long), and a circular mirror (8 inches diameter).
Ref: Maison Jules Duboscq, Historique & Catalogue de tous les Instruments d’Optique Supérieure Appliqués aux Sciences et à l’Industrie (Paris, 1885), p. 2.
J. W. Queen & Co., Priced and Illustrated Catalogue of Optical Lanterns and Projecting Apparatus (Philadelphia, 1889), p. 29.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
porte lumiere
date made
late 19th century
Measurements
overall: 18 in; 45.72 cm
ID Number
PH*329730
accession number
278336
catalog number
329730
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
Bowdoin College

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