Spectroscope Kit


This kit consists of a small direct vision spectroscope, a support rod, six test tubes, and assorted paraphernalia. The “Franz Schmidt & Haensch / Berlin, S.” inscription on the case refers to an optical instrument firm that began in business in 1864, and that trades today as Schmidt & Haensch.

Franz Schmidt & Haensch began making these instruments in the 1870s, and displayed some at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. The accompanying publication mentioned “Browning’s Pocket Spectroscope with 3 prisms, movable slit and reflecting prism for examining the spectra” as well as the complete apparatus with universal stand according to the German photochemist, H. W. Vogel.

Ref: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Mechanik und Optik, Special Catalogue of the Collective Exhibition of Scientific Instruments and Appliances (Berlin, 1893), p. 71.

Date Made: late 19th century

Maker: Franz Schmidt & Haensch

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Germany: Berlin

Subject: Science & Scientific Instruments


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Credit Line: Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1987.0924.03Catalog Number: 1987.0924.03Accession Number: 1987.0924

Object Name: spectroscope kit

Measurements: overall: 12 1/2 in; 31.75 cmoverall in case: 2 3/8 in x 13 1/8 in x 7 1/4 in; 6.0325 cm x 33.3375 cm x 18.415 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-6d1f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1464552

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