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Reading Telescope

Reading Telescope

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Reading Telescope
date made
around 1890
maker
Queen and Company
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Measurements
overall: 11 5/16 in x 8 1/8 in x 9 3/4 in; 28.73375 cm x 20.6375 cm x 24.765 cm
ID Number
PH.327636
catalog number
327636
accession number
268279
Credit Line
Rutgers University
subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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