Goniometer

Goniometer

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Description
William Hyde Wollaston (1766-1828), an English chemist, invented the reflecting goniometer in 1809. The “No. 3048 / Aug. Oertling, Berlin” inscription on this example refers to August Oertling (1803-1866), a German mathematical instrument maker. The paper label in the door of the wooden case suggests that the firm continued for some years after Oertling’s death. It reads “AUG. OERTLING, / Mechaniker & Optiker. 37 Orienburger-Strasse 58 / BERLIN N. / Verdienst-Medaille de Wiener Welt-Austellung 1873.”
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
goniometer
maker
Oertling, August
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 in; 17.78 cm
overall: 10 3/4 in x 7 7/8 in x 8 in; 27.305 cm x 20.0025 cm x 20.32 cm
ID Number
PH.316416
catalog number
316416
accession number
223721
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National Museum of American History
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