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This instrument measures slight changes in the horizontal intensity of the earth's magnetic field. It is based on a design introduced by Hermann Ebert, a professor of physics in Munich, and Ebert tested it before it left Edelmann's shop. This example is marked "Physikalisch-mech. Institut. Von PROF. DR. TH. EDELMANN MÜNCHEN." The Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution of Washington bought it for $94.69 in 1906.
Ref: M. Th. Edelmann, "On the Construction of Earth-Magnetic Instruments," Weather Bureau Bulletin 11 (1893): 511-539.
M. Th. Edelmann, Catalogue 26, item 300.
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Object Name
Date made
ca 1906
Edelmann, Max Thomas
Place Made
Germany: Bavaria, Munich
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 42 in; 106.68 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Carnegie Institution of Washington
Science & Scientific Instruments
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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