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Wheatstone Reeds

Wheatstone Reeds

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Reed
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
Measurements
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
ID Number
1990.0539.48
catalog number
1990.0539.48
accession number
1990.0539
subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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