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This chronograph was probably made by Fauth & Co., in Washington, D.C. An important firm founded in 1874, Fauth boasted that their drum chronograph was “noiseless in its action, and the governor regulates the speed so perfectly that the second marks form a perfect straight line.” The recording drum was cylindrical, 14 inches long and 7.5 inches in diameter. It was powered by a falling weight and equipped with by a governor, and could run continuously for about 2.5 hours. New it cost $350. The United States Coast & Geodetic Survey recommended the form, and examples were found in many astronomical observatories. This example was bought for the Georgetown College Observatory in 1889.
Ref: Fauth & Co., Catalogue of Astronomical and Surveying Instruments (Washington, D.C., 1883), pp. 28-29.
William Bowie, “Determination of Time, Longitude, Latitude, and Azimuth,” Appendix 7 in Report of the Superintendent of the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey, 1897-1898.
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Object Name
date made
Fauth & Co.
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 22 1/2 in x 13 in; 57.15 cm x 33.02 cm
overall; chronograph: 13 7/8 in x 27 1/4 in x 16 in; 35.2425 cm x 69.215 cm x 40.64 cm
overall; stylus: 4 1/8 in x 4 3/4 in x 8 1/2 in; 10.4775 cm x 12.065 cm x 21.59 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Georgetown University
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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