Prism

Prism

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Description
Here, a right-angle crown glass prism is mounted on a brass stand so that it can be moved in all directions. The “LEREBOURS / PARIS” inscription refers to either Noël Jean Lerebours (1761-1840) or his son, Nicholas Paymal Marie Lerebours, who ran the instrument business on his own until 1845.
Ref: Lerebours et Secretan, Catalogue et Prix des Instruments (Paris, 1853), p. 34.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
prism
date made
1829-1845
Maker
Lerebours
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
crown glass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 13 in x 7 in x 4 in; 33.02 cm x 17.78 cm x 10.16 cm
ID Number
PH.315656
catalog number
315656
accession number
217544
Credit Line
United States Military Academy
subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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