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William Gunn Price, of the U.S. Corps of Engineers, designed an exceptionally successful current meter in 1882, obtained a patent, and asked W. & L. E. Gurley, a large mathematical instrument firm in Troy, N.Y., to undertake commercial production. Following suggestions made by hydrographers who worked with Price’s early meters, Edwin Geary Paul, a mechanic with the U.S. Geological Survey, designed what became known as the Small Price Current Meter. This example is a commercial model manufactured by Gurley.
Ref: William Gunn Price, “Current Meter,” U.S. Patent 325011 (1885).
Arthur H. Frazier, William Gunn Price and the Price Current Meters (Washington, D.C., 1967), p. 59.
Arthur H. Frazier, Water Current Meters in the Smithsonian Collections of the National Museum of History and Technology (Washington, D.C., 1974), pp. 78-87.
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current meter
W. & L. E. Gurley
place made
United States: New York, Troy
overall: 6 3/16 in x 18 1/2 in x 6 1/4 in; 15.71625 cm x 46.99 cm x 15.875 cm
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