Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
Downloads
Description
This early kaleidoscope has a cardboard tube with glass front and brass fittings, and inscription that reads “C. G. BUSH & CO. / PROV. R.I. / PATENT REISSUED / NOV. 11, 1873.” Charles Gustavus Busch (1825-1900) was born in Coburg (then in Prussia, now in Poland), worked with his father making rope, moved to Boston at mid-century, became interested in optics, and anglicized his name.
Ref: Charles G. Bush, “Improvement in Objects for Kaleidoscopes,” U.S. Patent 143,271 (Sept. 30, 1872), assigned to himself and to J. W. Hoard of Providence, R.I.; reissued (Nov. 11, 1873).
Ad for “The Parlor Kaleidoscope,” in The Publisher’s Weekly (Nov. 22, 1873): 586.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
kaleidoscope
Date made
ca. 1873-1876
maker
C. G. Bush and Co.
place made
United States: Rhode Island, Providence
Measurements
overall: 10 in x 3 1/2 in; 25.4 cm x 8.89 cm
overall: 9 5/16 in x 4 7/8 in; 23.65375 cm x 12.3825 cm
ID Number
2005.0028.1
catalog number
2005.0028.1
accession number
2005.0028
Credit Line
Vernon and Sylvaine Beal
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.

Comments

Add a comment about this object