Instructions for Amsler Polar Planimeters

This undated large 8-page booklet is written in German and titled, "Gebrauchsanleitung für Amsler's Planimeter." It describes and depicts nine types of polar planimeter sold by the firm established by Jacob Amsler in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, in 1854. The instructions indicate that Type 1 and Type 2 were distinguished by their materials; Type 1 was made of brass and Type 2 (see MA*318485 and 1984.1071.01) was made of German silver. Similarly, Type 3 (1986.0316.05) was made of brass and Type 4 was made of German silver. The Museum also owns an example of Type 6 (MA*335203). Types 8 and 9 are wheel-and-disc polar planimeters. See 1999.0250.02 for an English translation of the pamphlet.
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Object Name
date made
after 1912
Amsler, Jacob
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 21.5 cm x 25.8 cm; 8 15/32 in x 10 5/32 in
place made
Schweiz: Schaffhausen, Schaffhausen
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Ursula N. Forbes

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