Spectroscope

Description
This is a brass instrument with a three-prism assembly and an iron tri-leg base. The “SPECTROSCOPE-HOFMANN à Vision directe / par J. G. Hofmann à Paris” inscription on the main tube refers to J.G. Hofmann, a German instrument maker who specialized in direct vision spectroscopes. This example was purchased for Woodstock College, a Jesuit school in Maryland that opened in 1869; it was transferred to Weston College in Massachusetts in 1924.
Ref. D.J. Warner, “Direct Vision Spectroscopes,” Rittenhouse7 (1993): 40-48.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
spectroscope
date made
1869
maker
Hofmann, Jean Georges
Measurements
tube: 19 in; 48.26 cm
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
ID Number
PH*328485
catalog number
328485
accession number
271661
subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Science & Mathematics
Optics
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Weston College

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