Mrs. Janet Taylor Mercury Marine Barometer

This is a gimbal-mounted barometer with a rosewood case. The ivory scale extends from 26.5 to 31 inches of mercury, is read by vernier to 0.01 inch, and indicates “STORMY,” “RAIN,” “CHANGE,” and “FAIR.” The attached thermometer reads in degrees Fahrenheit and Centigrade, and indicates Freezing, Temperate, Summer Heat, Blood Heat, and Fever Heat. The “Mrs. Janet Taylor, 204 MINORIES LONDON” signature refers to a woman who ran a Nautical Academy and Navigation Warehouse in London from 1835 to 1868.
Currently not on view
Object Name
barometer, mercury
date made
Taylor, Janet
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
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accession number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Joel Barlow

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