Fauth Heliotrope (Steinheil)

Fauth advertised an instrument of this sort in 1883, describing it as "Pocket Heliotrope, Steinheils, a beautiful instrument that requires no adjustment." The reference is to the German physicist, Karl August Steinheil, who introduced the form in 1844.
This example is marked “FAUTH & CO. WASHN D.C. 2493" and "238" and "C.&G.S. NO. 418.” It belonged to the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. New, with case, it cost $20. It was made after 1887 when G. N. Saegmuller began putting serial numbers on Fauth instruments, and before Saegmuller's move to Rochester in 1905.
Ref: Fauth & Co., Catalogue of Astronomical and Surveying Instruments (Washington, D.C., 1883), p. 53.
K.A. Steinheil, "Das Heliotrop," in H. C. Schumacher, ed., Jahrbuch für 1844, pp. 12 17.
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Object Name
heliotrope (steinheil)
Fauth & Co.
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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