Keuffel & Esser Range Finder

This range finder is marked "STADIMETER U.S. NAVY BUREAU OF ORDNANCE MARK III MOD. 1 NO. 409 / 1918 INSPEC. CHD MADE BY KEUFFEL & ESSER CO. NEW YORK." Unlike the other examples in the collection,this one has a telescopic sight. It was made during World War I. The U. S. National Imagery and Mapping Agency transferred it to the Smithsonian in 2000. The form was developed in the 1890s by the innovative American naval officer, Bradley Allen Fiske (1854-1942).
Ref: Instructions for the Use and Care of the Fiske Ship-Telegraphs and Stadimeter (Published by Authority of the Bureau of Ordnance, Navy Department, 1896).
Paolo E. Coletta, Admiral Bradley A. Fiske and the American Navy (Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1979), pp. 38-40.
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Keuffel & Esser Co.
place made
United States: New York
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U.S. Department of Defense, National Imagery and Mapping Agency, Geodesy and Geophysics Department
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Measuring & Mapping
Surveying and Geodesy
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National Museum of American History


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