Scioptic Ball

Scioptic Ball

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Description
A scioptic ball is a universal joint that allows an optical instrument to be pointed in many directions. The form originated in the early seventeenth century. This example, from Brown University, probably dates from the mid-nineteenth century.
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Currently not on view
Object Name
scioptic ball
Scioptic ball
Measurements
overall: 3 5/8 in x 6 9/16 in x 6 7/16 in; 9.2075 cm x 16.66875 cm x 16.35125 cm
ID Number
PH.315377
catalog number
315377
accession number
218984
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National Museum of American History
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