Reading Telescope

Reading Telescope

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James W. Queen & Co. introduced this type of “New Reading Telescope” in 1889, boasting that it was offered “especially in response to the great demand from the electrical industry for a well made, strong, easily adjusted, and thoroughly reliable instrument, at a minimum price, for use with reflecting galvanometers.” The instrument is brass, on a heavy zinc tripod. New it cost $60. The “Jas. W. Queen & Co., Philadelphia” inscription indicates that it was made before 1893 when the firm began trading as Queen & Co., Inc. The scale of this example is missing.
Ref: James W. Queen & Co., Supplementary List of Electrical Test & Measuring Instruments, Standards for Electrical Comparison, Laboratory Appliances (Philadelphia, 1889), p. 10.
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Object Name
reading telescope
date made
around 1890
Queen and Company
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
overall: 11 1/4 in x 8 in x 10 in; 28.575 cm x 20.32 cm x 25.4 cm
overall: 11 1/8 in x 7 in x 12 1/4 in; 28.2575 cm x 17.78 cm x 31.115 cm
ID Number
catalog number
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Credit Line
Gift of Princeton University
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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