Case for weight perception set

Made:
1893 in Cambridge
maker:
Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company Limited

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Set of cylinders for testing individual's perception of weight, cased, by Cambridge Instrument Co., Cambridge, 1893
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Mahohany case containing set of cylinders for testing individual's perception of weight,, by Cambridge Instrument Co., Cambridge, 1893

An individual’s perception of weight was tested using this set of cylinders. It was designed by Francis Galton (1822-1911). The brass weights are identical in size and sit in a mahogany box.

The weight perception test was one of a series devised for Galton’s ‘anthropometric laboratory.’ Anthropometry is the scientific study of the measurements and proportions of the human body. Galton also founded eugenics, describing it as the science of using controlled breeding to increase desirable inherited characteristics. This ‘science’ became controversial. It was later marginalised through its association with the genocidal activities of Nazi Germany. The test was made by the Cambridge Instrument Company. The firm was founded by Charles Darwin’s nephew, Horace. Galton was Darwin’s half cousin.

Details

Category:
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Object Number:
A602456/1
Materials:
felt and mahogany
Measurements:
overall (open): 40 mm x 350 mm x 490 mm,
overall (close): 70 mm x 350 mm x 250 mm,
type:
case - container
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
credit:
Bruce, A.N.

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