Compound Gyroscope on Stand

Compound Gyroscope on Stand

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In 1853, Julius Plücker, a professor of physics at Bonn, published an account of the double gyroscope recently devised by Friedrich Fessel, an instrument maker in Cologne. The "NEWTON & CO., 3 FLEET ST., LONDON" inscription on this example refers to a firm that advertised it as “Wheatstone’s Compound Gyroscope.” The reference here was to Charles Wheatstone, who described a slightly modified example of Fessel’s instrument to the Royal Society of London.
Ref: Plücker, “Ueber die Fessel’sche rotationsmaschine,” Annalen der physik und chemie 178 (1853): 174-177.
“Fessel’s Gyroscope,” Scientific American 10 (Jan. 13, 1855): 138, from London Artisan.
C[harles] Wheatstone, “On Fessel’s Gyroscope,” Proceedings of the Royal Society of London 7 (1856): 43-48 (received April 1854).
Newton & Co., ad in Nature (Nov. 13, 1913): cv.
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Object Name
Newton & Co.
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United Kingdom: England, London
overall: 10 in x 4 3/4 in x 13 in; 25.4 cm x 12.065 cm x 33.02 cm
overall in case: 11 in x 8 3/4 in x 13 5/8 in; 27.94 cm x 22.225 cm x 34.6075 cm
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Science & Scientific Instruments
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