Norremberg Polariscope


This Norremberg polariscope has a circular black marble base with a circular mirror in the center. The two vertical brass rods hold three magnifying lenses, an unsilvered glass mirror in a metal frame, and two circular rings graduated in degrees. The moveable glass stage has been lost, as has the analyzer at the top. The “MAX KOHL A.G. CHEMNITZ” inscription refers to a firm that was in business from 1876 to 1937.

This came to the Smithsonian from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fl. This school had begun as Brevard Engineering College in 1958, and initially held many classes at the nearby Eau Gallie Junior High School. Eau Gallie had been established in 1923, and this polariscope may have been purchased for it.

Ref: Max Kohl, Physical Apparatus (Chemnitz, 191?), p. 554.

Date Made: early 20th century

Maker: Max Kohl

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Germany

Subject: Science & Scientific Instruments


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Credit Line: Florida Institute of Technology

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1979.0840.01Accession Number: 1979.0840Catalog Number: 337235

Object Name: polariscope

Measurements: overall: 37.5 cm x 17.8 cm; 14 3/4 in x 7 inoverall: 14 13/16 in x 5 3/4 in; 37.62375 cm x 14.605 cm


Record Id: nmah_1183878

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