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This is a simple instrument on a tri-leg base. The “Queen & Co. Phila.” inscription on the table refers to the largest purveyor of scientific apparatus in the United States in the second half of the nineteenth century. In 1889, Queen described this instrument as their new Student’s spectroscope, complete with comparison prism. New, it cost $40. Our example is missing its prisms.
Ref: James W. Queen & Co., Priced and Illustrated Catalogue of Chemical Apparatus (Philadelphia, 1889), p. 285.
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ca 1900
overall: 9 1/2 in; 24.13 cm
overall: 9 5/16 in x 12 15/16 in x 5 7/16 in; 23.65375 cm x 32.86125 cm x 13.81125 cm
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Mount St. Mary’s College
Science & Scientific Instruments
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National Museum of American History
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