- Here, a hollow brass tube (13 inches long) sits atop a brass stand (15 inches high). At one end of the tube is a glass mirror that can be aimed in various directions. At the other is an eyepiece with an analyzer, and a graduated circle. The “Soleil Fils Opticien / Rue de l’Odéon No 35 à Paris” inscription on the side of the tube refers to J. B. F. Soleil, an optical instrument maker who opened a shop at this address in 1825 and who, for a while, used the term “Fils” to distinguish himself from his father, who also made optical instruments. The U.S. Military Academy bought this instrument between 1834 and 1844.
- This form was often associated with the French physicist, Jean-Baptists Biot.
- Ref: Lerebours & Secretan, Catalogue et Prix des Instruments d'Optique, de Physique, de Chimie (Paris, 1853).
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- Date made
- ca. 1834-1844
- date made
- around 1850
- Henri Soleil (Soleil fils)
- Soleil, Jean Baptiste Francois
- place made
- France: Île-de-France, Paris
- overall: 15 in x 13 in; 38.1 cm x 33.02 cm
- overall: 16 7/8 in x 12 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in; 42.8625 cm x 32.385 cm x 13.97 cm
- ID Number
- catalog number
- accession number
- Credit Line
- U.S. Military Academy
- Science & Scientific Instruments
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- Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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