Set of eight tuning forks

1860-1900 in Europe
Rudolph König

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Set of eight tuning forks by R. Konig.

Set of eight tuning forks by R. König.

The invention of tuning forks is credited to John Shore, a trumpeter at the English court in the early 18th century. However, they only became scientific instruments a century later. Koenig was an instrument-maker and acoustical researcher who specialised in producing the very best tuning forks, to be used as frequency standards. These forks sound the eight notes of an octave. The lengths of the forks relate inversely to their frequencies, so the relationships of the pitches can be visualised when they are in the box.


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brass (copper, zinc alloy), steel, wood
box: 100 mm x 560 mm x 343 mm,
tuning fork
Royal Naval College

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