Pixii Thermometer

This mercury-in-glass thermometer with a fairly large cylindrical bulb could probably float in water. An auxiliary glass tube attached to the stem holds a hand-written piece of paper marked “Thermometre Selon Fahrenheit et Decimal par Pixii rue du Jardinet N° 2 A Paris.” This paper also carries two parallel scales. One extends from -30 to +127 graduated every degree, with indications for “Glace Tempere” at zero and “Eau Bte” at 100. The other extends from -22 to +260, graduated every 2 degrees.
This thermometer was made between 1818 and 1838 when Pixii worked at rue du Jardinet N° 2. It was probably owned by the American scientist, John William Draper.
Currently not on view
Object Name
bath thermometer
date made
Maison Pixii
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
overall: 12 29/32 in; 32.766 cm
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Measuring & Mapping
Health & Medicine
Thermometers and Hygrometers
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Thermometers and Hygrometers
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
John William Christopher Draper and James Christopher Draper
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