Hicks Thermometer

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This mercury-in-glass thermometer has a constriction in the stem above the cylindrical bulb. The milk-white back is marked "J. HICKS. 8 Hatton Garden. London" and "217112." The clear front is marked "HICKS' PATENT No. 4434" and "FAHRT" and graduated every degree Fahrenheit from -40 to +140. It is equipped with a metal carrying case. It was made after Hicks began working at 8 Hatton Garden in 1864 and before the expansion of his business to 8, 9, & 10 Hatton Garden in the 1880s. It came to the Smithsonian from the U.S. Weather Bureau.
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J. J. Hicks
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United Kingdom: England, London
overall: 18 in; 45.72 cm
overall: 21 15/16 in x 5/8 in; 55.72125 cm x 1.5875 cm
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U.S. Weather Bureau
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National Museum of American History