Wheatstone Reeds

Wheatstone Reeds

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Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875) was born into a family of musical instrument makers and dealers, and became interested in acoustics at an early age. His 1829 British patent (#5803) for “Wind Musical Instruments” described a mouth organ with a set of free reeds. This set of reeds came to the Smithsonian from King’s College, London, where Wheatstone served as Professor of Experimental Physics.
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United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
overall: 7/8 in x 4 3/4 in x 2 11/16 in; 2.2225 cm x 12.065 cm x 6.82625 cm
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Science & Scientific Instruments
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National Museum of American History
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