B. Pike & Sons Mercury Barometer

The silvered plate at the top of this simple wood frame reads “B. PIKE & SONS / 518 BROADWAY / NEW YORK.” The barometer scale, which extends from 27 to 31 inches of mercury, is graduated by tenths and read by vernier to hundredths; there are also indications for “STORMY,” “RAIN,” CHANGE,” and “FAIR.” The mercury-in-glass thermometer, also at the top, is graduated in degrees Fahrenheit and Reaumur, with indications for “Freezing,” “Temperate,” “Summr Heat,” “Blood Heat,” and “Fever Heat.” B. Pike & Sons was in business from 1841 to 1867, and at this address from 1855.
Currently not on view
Object Name
barometer, mercury
date made
Benjamin Pike & Sons
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Measuring & Mapping
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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