Iron Paperweight

Iron Paperweight

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Description
Block of iron from a leg of the tripod for the portable vertical circle used by F.G.W. von Struve at the Pulkowa astronomical observatory, circa 1840. It was apparently given to Cleveland Abbe, an American astronomer who worked at that Russian observatory in the 1860s, and he used it as a paper weight.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
block of iron
Physical Description
iron; paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 2 5/8 in x 1 9/16 in x 1 5/8 in; 6.6675 cm x 3.96875 cm x 4.1275 cm
ID Number
1994.0019.42.02
catalog number
1994.0019.42.02
accession number
1994.0019
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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