This early kaleidoscope has a cardboard tube with glass front and brass fittings, and a “C. G. BUSH & CO. / PROV. R.I. / PATENT REISSUED / NOV. 11, 1873” inscription. Charles Gustavus Busch (1825-1900) was born in Coburg (then in Prussia, now in Poland), worked with his father making rope, moved to Boston at mid-century, became interested in optics, and anglicized his name.

Ref: Charles G. Bush, “Improvement in Objects for Kaleidoscopes,” U.S. Patent 143,271 (Sept. 30, 1872), assigned to himself and to J. W. Hoard of Providence, R.I.; reissued (Nov. 11, 1873).

Ad for “The Parlor Kaleidoscope,” in The Publisher’s Weekly (Nov. 22, 1873): 586.

Date Made: ca. 1873-1876

Maker: C. G. Bush and Co.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Rhode Island, Providence

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Credit Line: Vernon and Sylvaine Beal

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2005.0028.1Catalog Number: 2005.0028.1Accession Number: 2005.0028

Object Name: kaleidoscope

Measurements: overall: 10 in x 3 1/2 in; 25.4 cm x 8.89 cmoverall: 9 5/16 in x 4 7/8 in; 23.65375 cm x 12.3825 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-c4cf-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1294822

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