Whirling Table


Wooden whirling table (or centrifugal force apparatus) based on the form described in 1757 by James Ferguson, a Scottish astronomer, inventor, and itinerant science teacher. The “TROUGHTON & SIMMS / LONDON” inscription is that of an important instrument firm that began trading as such in 1826.

Ref: James Ferguson, Lectures on Select Subjects in Mechanics, Hydrostatics, Pneumatics and Optics (London, 1757), p. 33.

Ebenezer Henderson, The Life of James Ferguson (Edinburgh, London, and Glasgow, 1867), pp. 217-218.

Maker: Troughton and Simms

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United Kingdom: England, London, City of London

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Credit Line: University of Alabama

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.325960Catalog Number: 325960Accession Number: 317854

Object Name: Whirling Tablewhirling table

Measurements: overall; extensions each: 8 1/8 in x 28 1/2 in x 3 in; 20.6375 cm x 72.39 cm x 7.62 cmoverall; whirling table: 10 3/8 in x 38 3/8 in x 16 5/8 in; 26.3525 cm x 97.4725 cm x 42.2275 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-61ea-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1271958

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