Reading Telescope


James W. Queen & Co. introduced this type of “New Reading Telescope” in 1889, boasting that it was offered “especially in response to the great demand from the electrical industry for a well made, strong, easily adjusted, and thoroughly reliable instrument, at a minimum price, for use with reflecting galvanometers.” The instrument is brass, on a heavy zinc tripod. New it cost $60. The “Jas. W. Queen & Co., Philadelphia” inscription indicates that it was made before 1893 when the firm began trading as Queen & Co., Inc. The scale of this example is missing.

Ref: James W. Queen & Co., Supplementary List of Electrical Test & Measuring Instruments, Standards for Electrical Comparison, Laboratory Appliances (Philadelphia, 1889), p. 10.

Date Made: around 1890

Maker: Queen and Company

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Subject: Science & Scientific Instruments


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Credit Line: Rutgers University

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PH.327636Catalog Number: 327636Accession Number: 268279

Object Name: reading telescope

Measurements: overall: 11 5/16 in x 8 1/8 in x 9 3/4 in; 28.73375 cm x 20.6375 cm x 24.765 cm


Record Id: nmah_1817921

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