Desk Set

This came to the Smithsonian in 1900, in a “collection of ethnological, historical and technological objects” amassed by Anthony Gies, the Chief Inspector of Streets and Drainage in Manila. According to Gies, it was found in the house of Emilio Aguinaldo, the revolutionary leader of the Philippines.
A metal base holds two circular instruments, each 3½ inches in diameter and 3 inches deep. One is a clock with an enamel face and two scales: Roman numerals for the hours and Arabic numerals for every 5 minutes. The other instrument is an aneroid barometer, also with an enamel face. This is marked ‘BAROMETRO ANEROÏDE.” The pressure scale extends from 68 to 80 centimeters of mercury, read to tenths. It is also marked “TEMPESTAD GeLluvia LloViento VARIABLE Buen To B.T.Fijo MUY SECO.” The space between these two instruments is filled with a mercury-in-glass thermometer mounted on a metal plate with two scales. This plate is marked “THERMOMETRO” and “CENTIGRADO” and “REAUMUR.” Above the thermometer is a magnetic compass, 1½ inches diameter.
Currently not on view
Object Name
barometer, aneroid
date made
late 19th century
overall: 23 cm x 26 cm x 12 cm; 9 1/16 in x 10 1/4 in x 4 3/4 in
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accession number
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Measuring & Mapping
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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