Acoustic Apparatus

Acoustic Apparatus

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This acoustic apparatus consists of four metal tubes that produce a chord when their pistons (missing in this example) are successively drawn. It was probably purchased for the Smithsonian by Joseph Henry, the physicist who served as founding Secretary of the Institution. The inscription reads “Koenig a Paris.”
Ref: Rudolph Koenig, Catalogue des Appareils d’Acoustique (Paris, 1865), p. 3.
Currently not on view
Object Name
acoustic apparatus
Rudolph Koenig
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
overall: 36.8 cm x 14.8 cm x 37 cm; 14 1/2 in x 5 13/16 in x 14 9/16 in
overall: 14 5/8 in x 5 3/4 in x 14 1/2 in; 37.1475 cm x 14.605 cm x 36.83 cm
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National Museum of American History
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