Edson's Hygrodeik

Description
William Edson, a civil engineer in Boston, designed a "Hygrometrical Index" that, when connected to a common wet and dry bulb hydrometer, "will enable any one, by simple inspection of the instrument, to ascertain the relative humidity and dew-point of the air, also the absolute amount of moisture in the air, without the aid of tables or calculation." In this example, which came from Cornell College, the paper chart is marked "EDSON'S HYGRODEIK MANUFACTURED BY N.M. LOWE, BOSTON." Nathaniel M. Lowe is known to have manufactured Edson's Hygrodeik from 1866 until the early 1890s.
Ref: William Edson, "Hydrometer," U.S. Patent 48620 (1865), as well as similar patents in England and France.
William Edson, The Use of Edson's Hygrodeik (1865).
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1866-1895
maker
Lowe, Nathaniel M.
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
Measurements
overall: 13 in x 8 1/2 in x 3 1/8 in; 33.02 cm x 21.59 cm x 7.9375 cm
part: 3/4 in x 8 1/2 in x 3 1/4 in; 1.905 cm x 21.59 cm x 8.255 cm
overall: 13 in x 8 1/2 in x 3 1/8 in; 33.02 cm x 21.59 cm x 7.9375 cm
ID Number
PH.329004
catalog number
329004
accession number
278100
Credit Line
Cornell College
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Measuring & Mapping
Thermometers and Hygrometers
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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