THE PUMB BOB / PLUMMET OF WASHINGTON MONUMENT in Washington D.C. U.S.A
INTRODUCTION: One day with some time on my hands, in my never ending vigil to uncover information on plumb bobs, I happened across a number of references on http://books.google.com/ to a plummet that was at one time installed in the Washington Monument in Washington D. C. This seemed of particular interest due to the fact that this monument, one of the most visited of national shrines, dedicated to the most famous of the American Founding Fathers, George Washington. Furthermore, at its time of construction, it was a monumental feat of engineering, for many principals of construction that had never been tried before.
The immediate question came to mind: What role did the plumb bob play in this most amazingly vertical shape, the obelisk?
For those not familiar with this monument, I would refer you to some basic data, most not referring to the plummet, at one time installed there.