Dropping Sticks

Dropping Sticks

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The eight dropping sticks in this set produce a musical scale when dropped consecutively onto a floor or table. The sticks are numbered 1 through 8. One is stamped “Rudolf Koenig.” The set came from the Department of Physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Ref: Rudolph Koenig, Catalogue des Appareils d’Acoustique (Paris, 1865), p. 3.
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Object Name
dropping stocks
Date made
Koenig, Rudolph
Place Made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall, each: 1/4 in x 8 3/8 in x 1 1/8 in;.635 cm x 21.2725 cm x 2.8575 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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