This fairly rugged and inexpensive instrument has a wooden frame, a horizontal plate of blackened glass for the polarizer, a brass stage to hold the object to be examined, a magnifying lens, a Nichol prism analyzer, and a ground glass screen to shut off images of distant objects. The whole fits into a wooden box (12 inches x 18 inches x 6.75 inches high). The “James W. Queen & Co. / PHILADELPHIA” inscription on the stage refers to the firm that introduced this type of instrument in the 1880s.

Ref: Queen & Co., Inc., Catalogue of Physical Apparatus (Philadelphia, 1898), pp. 8-90.

Date Made: late 19th century

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Subject: Science & Scientific Instruments


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Credit Line: U.S. Military Academy

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.315429Catalog Number: 315429Accession Number: 217544

Object Name: polariscope

Measurements: overall in case: 12 1/2 in x 18 1/2 in x 6 5/8 in; 31.75 cm x 46.99 cm x 16.8275 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-43aa-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1184159

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