Dynamometer, France, 1890-1910

Made:
1890-1910 in Paris
maker:
Collin et Compagnie

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Dynamometer, steel and ebony, by Collin of Paris, from Charriere, Collin and Gentile collection, c. 1900

Force or power is measured by a dynamometer. This example measured the force of the hand. The metal gauge gives a relative reading of the force used when the two ebony handles are grasped and squeezed. The device may have been used in anthropometrical studies. In the 1800s, many anthropologists attempted to measure differences between human groups. Physical strength was mistakenly associated with a lack of intellectual development or ‘civilisation’.

Details

Category:
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Object Number:
A606306
Materials:
ebony and steel
type:
dynamometer
credit:
Drouot

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