Reading Telescope

Reading Telescope

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An ivory tag on the base of this reading telescope reads “SOCIETE GENEVOISE / Pour la Construction / D’Instruments de Physique / GENEVE.” The firm referred to this as a “Pointing Telescope with graduated paper scale to observe mirror instruments.”
Ref: Societe Genevoise Pour la Construction d’Instruments de Physique et de Mechanique, Illustrated Price List of Physical and Mechanical Instruments (Geneva, 1900), p. 44.
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Object Name
pointing telescope
reading telescope
date made
around 1890
Societe Genevoise d’Instruments de Physique
place made
Switzerland: Genève, Geneva
average spatial: 28.5 cm x 23.8 cm x 21 cm; 11 7/32 in x 9 3/8 in x 8 9/32 in
overall: 11 5/16 in x 8 1/4 in x 9 5/8 in; 28.73375 cm x 20.955 cm x 24.4475 cm
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Credit Line
Bowdoin College, Department of Physics
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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