Mineralogical Field Kit

Mineralogical Field Kit

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This sturdy wooden box contains glass bottles and vials of material suitable for mineralogical analysis. There is an ivory scale marked “Lingke in Freiburg.” And there is a circular brass box containing 36 small samples of silver/gold alloys, ranging from 0 to 100% silver, mounted on a porcelain plate. The “F. W. Lingke / Bergmechanicus / in / FREIBERG IN SACHSEN...” inscription on the paper label in the lid of the box refers to Wilhelm Friedrich Lingke (1784-1867), a mathematical and chemical instrument maker in Freiburg.
Victor Goldschmidt, a professor of metallurgy at the University of Heidelberg, gave this kit to Robert Hallowell Richards, a metallurgist and mining engineer at M.I.T. Richards gave it to the metallurgist, Gar A. Roush; and Roush’s widow gave it to the Smithsonian.
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Object Name
Apparatus for Mineralogical Analysis
Mineralogical Assay Kit
Date made
ca. 1898
property of
Richards, Robert H.
Plattner, Karl Friedrich
Plattner, Karl Friedrich
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey
overall: 4 in x 8 3/4 in x 11 3/4 in; 10.16 cm x 22.225 cm x 29.845 cm
overall: 3 13/16 in x 11 7/8 in x 8 3/4 in; 9.68375 cm x 30.1625 cm x 22.225 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. G. A. Roush
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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