Goniometer

Goniometer

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Description
William Hyde Wollaston (1766-1828), an English chemist, invented the reflecting goniometer in 1809. The “No. 21083 / Aug. Oertling / in Berlin” inscription on this example refers to the German instrument maker, August Oertling (1803-1866). A paper label in the door of the wooden case reads “AUG. OERTLING, / Mechaniker & Optiker. 37 Orienburger-Strasse 58 / BERLIN N. / Verdienst-Medaille de Wiener Welt-Austellung 1873.” It suggests that the firm continued for a few years after Oertling’s death.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
goniometer
maker
Oertling, August
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
leather (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 8.3 cm x 7.4 cm; 3 9/32 in x 2 29/32 in
overall: 4 1/2 in x 2 15/16 in; 11.43 cm x 7.46125 cm
ID Number
PH.328758
catalog number
328758
accession number
308252
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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